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THEO942

Justice and Peace – Catholic Social Teaching

Unit overview and content

This course provides an advanced study of the body of thought known as Catholic Social Teaching (CST). It begins by situating CST in its philosophical context by examining a variety of theories of justice, from Plato and Aristotle through to modern philosophers such as John Stuart Mill and John Rawls. Out of this foundation it then examines, in-depth, the historical development of modern Catholic Social Teaching, especially as it has been expressed in official documents and by experts in the field. Finally, the course allows students to apply their advanced knowledge of this field to a particular case study of their choice.

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of:

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures.
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments. 

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Online Discussion (30%)
  • Analysis of a specific document (30%)
  • Major Reseach Essay (40%)
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