This unit probes contemporary justice issues from the perspective of Moral Theology. A theological examination of justice draws on relevant biblical texts and writings of St Thomas Aquinas. The virtue of justice and its allied virtues are considered in some detail. An introduction to Catholic Social Teaching over the last 130 years is provided highlighting its theological foundation. From this perspective specific issues are addressed. The specific issues will be topical and may include: poverty, racism, peace, the just war tradition, social justice and liturgical prayer, property ownership, work, wages, and leisure.

Unit Code: DT2040C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Moral Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

Show when this Unit is running

Learning Outcomes


Describe the basic notions of justice including those in the Old Testament and New Testament;


Show a basic understanding of relevant Thomistic sources on justice and the other cardinal and allied virtues.


Critically analyse the significant developments in the Catholic social justice tradition as presented in Magisterial teaching.


Discuss specific social justice issues in the light of the teaching of the Catholic social justice tradition.

Unit sequence

BS1001C; BS1002C; CT1000C & CT1001C


Lectures, tutorials, Seminars


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

1000 word Seminar paper

1000 30.0

2000 word Research Essay

2000 40.0
Written Examination

1 hour Exam

0 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-27 09:14:52 +1000