|Discuss the history and transformation of Catholic social thought.
|Describe contemporary Catholic social teaching and its reception
|Analyze the historical contribution of Christian social thought to the formation of welfare states.
|Evaluate ecclesial documents.
|Evaluate a social practice that is inspired by the perspective of Christian social thought.
Formulate a call to action in an academic opinion article.
The course starts with the societal relevance of Catholic social thought and ends with it. In the first meetings, we will study the Christian roots of the welfare state. In the last meetings, we will study contemporary practices from the perspective of Catholic social thought. In between, we study the continuities and discontinuities of Christian social thought. You will get an overview of the way contemporary Catholic social doctrine came into being in relation with non-official Catholic thought. You will learn how to evaluate examples of this doctrine, such as encyclical letters.
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Reading assignments (75%); essay (must be sufficient) (25%).
- Linda Woodhead, An introduction to Christianity, Cambridge University Press, 2006.
- Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, Licap, 2008. www.vatican.va (Links to an external site.)
- Himes, Kenneth R., Lisa Sowle Cahill, Charles E. Curran, David Hollenbach, and Thomas A. Shannon, eds. Modern Catholic Social Teaching : Commentaries and Interpretations. 2nd edition. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2018.
- Schlag, Martin, and Cardinal Peter K. A. Turkson, Handbook of Catholic Social Thought. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2017. Ebook Library http://public.eblib.com/choice/publicfullrecord.aspx?p=4837456
- Kees van Kersbergen, Social Capitalism: a Study of Christian Democracy and the Welfare State, London: Routledge, 1995, ISBN 0415116708. (Ch.1 and 8)
- Bäckström, Anders (Ed.) (2011). Welfare and Religion in 21st Century Europe. Volume 2, Gendered, Religious and Social Change. Farnham: Ashgate. (Ch. 4 (Links to an external site.)) direct
- Francis P. McHugh, Catholic Social Thought, Renovating the Tradition. A Keyguide to Resources, Leuven: Peeters, 2008, pp. 12-32.
- Michael Hornsby Smith, An introduction to Catholic Social Thought, Cambridge University Press, 2006. (Ch. 5 and Ch. 12)
- Francis, Laudato Si' (Links to an external site.), 2015. www.vatican.va
- Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum (Links to an external site.), 1891. www.vatican.va
- Pius XI, Quadragesimo Anno (Links to an external site.), 1931. www.vatican.va (Links to an external site.)
- Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith / Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones (Links to an external site.), 2018. www.vativan.va (Links to an external site.)
- Joris Luyendijk, 'Finance, amorality and double-speak', OECD Yearbook 2016, 2016. Retreived from www.oecdobserver.org [accessed 10 September 2019]
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|Title||:||An introduction to Christianity|
|Publisher||:||Cambridge University Press, 2006|