Apr 15, 2024  
2014-2015 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2014-2015 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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TH 581 - Catholic Social Teaching

An examination of the historical development and theological foundations of the social teaching of the Catholic Church with a review of the major Church documents that relate to the civil, economic, social, and political challenges of contemporary society.

Prerequisites & Notes
TH 505

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Define Catholic social thought and its sources within the Roman Catholic tradition.
  • Summarize the seven themes within Catholic social thought as described by the USCCB.
  • Compare the origins of Catholic social thought within the papal thoughts of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI.
  • Develop an understanding of several prominent papal encyclicals that have contributed to Catholic social teachings.
  • Assess contemporary controversial issues that involve Catholic social thought and American culture, such as abortion, capital punishment, euthanasia, and immigration, among others.
  • Discuss the role and influence of Catholic social thought on public policy issues, such as health care provisions, military interventions, the economy, etc.
  • Discuss the USCCB’s voice in all these matters.

Credits: 3

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