To introduce students to the foundations, concepts, principles and values of Catholic social doctrine so as to equip them to critically evaluate events in contemporary society and to use the rich resources of the Church’s social doctrine in their ministry in the world.
1. God’s plan for humanity. 2. The Church’s mission and social doctrine. 3. History of the social doctrine of the Church. 4. Foundational principles and values of the Church’s social doctrine. 5. Social topics: family, work, economic life, political community, international community, safeguarding of the environment, promotion of peace. 6. Social doctrine and pastoral activity. Learning Objectives: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to: Identify and explain the intrinsic link between God’s liberating intervention and the social mission of the Church; recall and outline the history of the development of the social doctrine of the Church; explain in depth the principles of dignity of the human person, common good, subsidiarity, and solidarity; describe the essential values of truth, freedom, justice and love; critically evaluate the contemporary events in the light of the foundational principles and values of the Church’s social doctrine; identify ways to apply and teach the social doctrine of the Church in their pastoral ministry.
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