Course Description: Social Justice is a required one-semester course in Religious Studies for juniors. This course explores the social dimension of moral obligation. The foundation of this course is informed by faith in Jesus Christ, biblical ideals of justice and righteousness, and the Catholic moral tradition. Catholic social teaching—the moral teaching of the Catholic Church on social, economic, political, cultural, and religious issues—is given special consideration throughout the semester. The fundamental perspective of this course in social justice is recognition that the human person is made in the image of God and endowed with dignity which is manifest in community with others. The following contemporary issues are among those examined during the semester: ideals of justice, human rights, poverty in the midst of wealth, hunger, racism, sexism, violence, war and peace, issues in political economy such as international trade, and environmental stewardship.
Comments: Required course for juniors.