Politics of Catholic Social Theory - POS 225

This course introduces students to the origins, application, and debate surrounding the social teachings and policies of the Catholic Church over the last 150 years. It deals with the basic texts and Papal Encyclicals – starting with Rerum Novarum in 1891, and other documents included in the Compendium of Social Doctrine as well as Catholic social movements throughout world, thus highlighting the Church’s position on major issues related to politics, good governance, and social affairs. Topics include: peace, social justice, corporate social responsibility (CSR), environmental protection, and the role of the family in a globalized society.