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Course module: U40082-M-6
Catholic Social Thought
Course info
Course moduleU40082-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionDutch
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Catholic Theology; TST: Prac. Theology/Religious Studies; Practical Theology and Religious Studies;
Is part of
M Theology
M Academic Teacher in Religion and Philosophy of Life
prof. dr. C.N. de Groot
Other course modules lecturer
dr. S. Mulder
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
Starting block
SM 2
Course mode
RemarksCaution: this information is subject to change
Registration openfrom 11/01/2021 up to and including 20/08/2021
This information is only available in Dutch.
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.
Compulsory reading (see also the column on the right)
  1. Franciscus, Laudato Si’, 2015.
  2. Francis P. McHugh, Catholic Social Thought, Renovation the Tradition. A Keyguide to Resources, Peeters, 2008. Free access at
  3. Michael Hornsby Smith, An introduction to Catholic Social Thought, Cambridge University Press, 2006.  (hoofdstuk 5, in reader)
  4. Paulus VI, Gravissimum Educationis, 1965.
  5. Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum, 1891
  6. Pius XI, Quadragesimo Anno, 1931
Recommended reading (see also the column on the right)
  1. P. van Geest, M. Poorthuis, Th. Wagenaar & A. Warrringa (red.), Maak vrienden met de Mammon, Almere: Parthenon, 2013.
  2. Borgman, Erik. Leven van wat komt. Een katholiek uitzicht op de samenleving. Utrecht: Meinema, 2017.
Contact person
prof. dr. C.N. de Groot
Timetable information
Catholic Social Thought
Required materials
Hoofdstukken 1 en 8 uit:
Title:Social Capitalism: a Study of Christian Democracy and the Welfare State
Author:Kees van Kersbergen
Publisher:Routledge, 1995
Title:Compendium van de sociale leer van de Kerk,
Publisher:Licap, 2008
Recommended materials
Title:Proeven van goed samenleven. Inleiding in het katholieke sociale denken
Author:Caspers, Thijs
Publisher:Baarn: Adveniat/VKMO, 2012.
Title:Katholieke kritiek op het kapitalisme 1891-1991. Honderd jaar debat over vrije markt en verzorgingsstaat
Author:Theo Salemink
Publisher:Acco, 1991

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