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.

PREREQUISITES: One 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 the main social encyclicals
2. demonstrate familiarity with key social concepts: the common good, solidarity, social and distributive justice, capitalism, communism, socialism, corporatism
3. describe key debates about Catholic social movements, and analyse various views
4. demonstrate in written form a critical appropriation of some aspect of the subject
5. display understanding of the cultural origins and development of social justice traditions in the Church
6. critically evaluate aspects of Church social teaching (Level 3 only)

Level 2: one 1500 word essay one (40%); one 2500 word essay (60%)
Level 3: one 2000 word essay one (40%); one 3000 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.

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

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

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

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