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2018 - 2019 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog 
2018 - 2019 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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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.

Prerequisites & Notes
TH 220

This course is offered online as part of the Theology curriculum with monthly start dates. 

It will also be offered during the 2017 summer session with an on campus component.

Assignment Overview
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.

Credits: 3 Offered: Online; Summer 2017, Week 2

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