THEO 345. Catholic Social Thought

The course will introduce students to what has been called the greatest secret of the Catholic Church — its social teaching. Students will begin by exploring the historical and religious origins of the basic principles of Catholic Social Thought — the sacredness of human life, and the dignity of the human person. They will learn how that teaching has been articulated in Church documents, and has found expression in the Church and in secular movements. Ultimately, the course is not just another academic offering, but an integral part of the mission of the University. It is a key component of the University’s response to the Church’s call for a fuller integration of the Church’s social tradition into the mainstream of Catholic education. The course will help demonstrate the University’s commitment to human life, human dignity, and human rights.
Offered: Regularly
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: CLAR 206 and 207.