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: DT9040C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Moral Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate a developed appreciation of the biblical sources for a Catholic understanding of Justice;


Show a developed understanding of the Thomistic sources which are foundational to Catholic teaching on the Virtues.


Articulate a competent and critical understanding of the history and development of Magisterial teaching on Justice issues;


Apply the traditional theological sources to contemporary and historical Justice issues.


Develop specific research topics in a sustained and self-directed manner.


Lectures, Tutorials, Seminars


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar Paper x 1000 words

1000 25.0

Research Essay x 4000 words

4000 50.0

Text Analysis x 2000 words

2000 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Jul, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-01 12:12:47 +1000