1st semester: Tuesday morning (Min. No. 8)

Cross listed as Moral Theology DT2/3331Y or DT2470Y

The unit will provide students with an exposure to Christian Social Teaching (principally Catholic) in relation to Indigenous Peoples. The main focus is the Australian context and to issues relating to Aboriginal Australians. Relevant ecclesial, biblical and theological writings addressing indigenous social issues will be considered. Topics under discussion include: the human person, justice and reconciliation, history, land, and church involvement with indigenous people. A key resource is Dominic O’Sullivan’s ‘Faith, Politics and Reconciliation: Catholicism and the Politics of Indigeneity’.

Level 2: One level 1 unit in Missiology or Moral Theology
Level 3: At least one level two unit in Missiology or Moral Theology

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. trace the developments of the church’s social teaching relating to key indigenous themes
2. show evidence of competence and discernment in the use of relevant resource material
3. examine key ecclesial, theological and biblical texts and explore implications for the church’s teaching and practice in indigenous issues today
4. present orally, in a clear, convincing and engaging manner, a relevant research topic
5. provide a critical analysis and response to the impact of the church’s social teaching on indigenous peoples, especially Aboriginal Australians
6. articulate critical reflection on personal experiences relating to the church’s social teaching and Aboriginal Australians (Level 3)

Level 2: 1000 word tutorial presentation (30%); 3000 word essay (70%)
Level 3: 1000 word tutorial presentation (30%); 4000 word essay (70%)

BIBLIOGRAPHY *set texts recommended for purchase
Arbuckle, Gerald A. Culture, Inculturation, and Theologians. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical, 1996.

Copeland, M. Shawn. Enfleshing Freedom. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2010.

Cullen, Philomena, Bernard Hoose, and Gerard Mannion, eds. Catholic Social Justice: Theological and Practical Explorations. Maiden Lane, NY: Continuum, 2007.

Duncan, Bruce. Social Justice: Fuller Life in a Fairer World. Mulgrave: Garratt Publishing, 2012.

Hall, Gerard, and Joan Hendriks, eds. Dreaming a New Earth. Melbourne: Mosaic Press, 2012.

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

Massingale, Bryan N. Racial Justice and the Catholic Church. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2010.

McCarthy, David Matzko, ed. The Heart of Catholic Social Teaching: Its Origins and Contemporary Significance. Grand Rapids, Ml: Brazos Press, 2009.

McKenna, Kevin E. Catholic Social Teaching. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2002.

O’Sullivan, Dominic. Faith, Politics and Reconciliation: Catholicism and the Politics of Indigeneity. Adelaide: ATF Press, 2005.

Prowse, Christopher C. ‘Racist Attitudes Towards Aboriginal Australians in the Light of Contemporary Catholic Concepts of Sin and Conversion’. Doctoral Dissertation, Pontifical Lateran University, 1995.

Turner, Margaret Kemarre. Iwenhe Tyerrtye – what it means to be an Aboriginal Person. Alice Springs, NT: IAD Press, 2010.

Walker, Vicki. Invisible no more: The Story of the Foundation and Development of the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Melbourne. Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Melbourne. Thornbury: ACM Thornbury, 1996.