This unit examines the fundamental principles of Catholic Social Teaching and applies them to the moral challenges of the present day. A survey of the historical development of the Church’s teaching is provided. Drawing upon biblical and theological aspects of the tradition, the unit explores specific issues of a topical nature, including: wealth distribution, property ownership, unemployment, poverty, housing and homelessness, immigration, the just war tradition and care for the environment.

Unit Code: DT9041C

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 major themes and key principles of Catholic Social Teaching


Articulate a competent and critical understanding of the significant developments in the Catholic social justice tradition as presented in Magisterial teaching


Critically assess the effectiveness of the social mission of the Church


Apply the traditional theological sources to contemporary and historical justice issues


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

Unit sequence

Prohibited combinations: DT9040C


Lectures, tutorials, seminars


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

1000 word seminar paper

1000 25.0

5000 word research essay

5000 50.0
Oral Examination

15 minute oral exam (1000 words)

1000 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Jul, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-01 13:03:43 +1000