TH 335 - Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching
This course examines the historical development and theological foundations of the social teaching of the Catholic Church. It provides a survey of the major Church documents that treat ethical questions pertaining to civil, economic, and political society. It explores the lives of Christian witnesses who exemplify these teachings in action and gives special attention to the Church’s social teaching as it develops in response to such contemporary issues as the environment, post-industrial society, globalization, and the just war theory.
Assignments: 5 Units
Interactivity: Discussion Board
Final Assessment: Final Paper
Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:
- Identify and explain the various issues and ecclesial (Church) positions expounded in Catholic Social Teaching (CST).
- Define and understand the narrow and broad meanings of CST.
- Synthesize the issues and ecclesial positions within the broad meaning of CST into a comprehensible whole.
- Apply the broad meaning of CST more thoroughly.
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