Elective unit

1st semester: Monday evening   (Min. No. 8)

Cross listed as Moral Theology DT2230Y/DT3230Y

This unit will examine Catholic social and political ideas and movements in Europe and elsewhere, and evaluate their impact and interpretation in Australia. It will consider key issues in Catholic social movements in Europe, outline the backgrounds to the papal social encyclicals, and trace their development internationally to Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis.

PREREQUSITES: A foundational unit in Church History or Moral Theology

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. show competence in reading and interpreting key social encyclicals
2. demonstrate the importance of key Catholic social concepts: the common good, solidarity, social and distributive justice, capitalism, communism, socialism, corporatism
3. analyse debates about Catholic social movements, with an ability to analyse and critique various views
4. critique the strengths and weaknesses in the development of Catholic social thought
5. evaluate the social and political contexts in the development of social justice traditions in the Church

One 2500 word essay (40%); one 3500 word essay (60%)

Boswell, Jonathan E., Francis P. McHugh, and Johan Verstraeten. Catholic Social Thought: Twilight or Renaissance. Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2000.

Cullen, Philomena, Bernard Hoose, and Gerard Mannion. Catholic Social Justice: Theological and Practical Explorations. London: T&T Clark, 2007.

Curran, Charles. Catholic Social Teaching 1891-Present. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2002.

Dorr, Donal. Option for the Poor and for the Earth. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2012.

Duncan, Bruce. The Church’s Social Teaching: From Rerum Novarum to 1931. Melbourne: CollinsDove, 1991.

Dwyer, Judith, ed. The New Dictionary of Catholic Social Thought. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1994.

Himes, Kenneth R., ed. Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentaries and Interpretations. Washington, DC: Georgetown UP, 2004.

Hogan, Michael. Australian Catholics: The Social Justice Tradition. Melbourne: Collins Dove, 1993.

McCarthy, David M. The Heart of Catholic Social Teaching: its Origins and Contemporary Significance. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2009.

Palst, Adrian. The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Pope Benedict XVI’s Social Encyclical and the Future of Political Economy. Cambridge: James Clarke & Co., 2011.