This pastoral theology course was created for STEP by William J. Appleby Purcell, the Associate Director for Catholic Social Tradition and Practice at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, and the former Director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Peace and Justice Office. The course serves as an introduction to basic concepts and methods necessary in social ministry of the Church today. Students are invited to draw from documents issued by the Vatican and the U.S. Bishops for the sake of analyzing concrete social problems affecting their local communities. By the end of the course participants will be able to identify basic principles of Catholic Social Teaching, relate these principles to their parish and local communities, identify institutions that address social problems, and differentiate between social action and direct service.
- Introduction to Social Ministry and Catholic Social Teaching
- Putting the Teaching to Practice: The Principles of Catholic Social Teaching
- Social Analysis: Putting Catholic Social Teaching to Work
- Political Responsibility: Faithful Citizenship
- Addressing Global Poverty
- Six weeks in duration, with one week for orientation.
- Typically 15-20 students in each course.
- Lectures delivered via an online presentation with audio narration.
- Supplemental readings are provided to encourage further exploration of topic, internet links provided for all readings.
- Weekly written assignments (150-200 words) required.
- Weekly facilitator moderated chat sessions with students in course.
- All course materials available online in the course.
- Weekly reading or viewing of lecture texts.
- Participation in class discussion using discussion area (minimum 2 comments, questions or responses weekly.)
- Weekly written assignment (150-200 words.)
- Weekly chat session with other students in course (attend minimum of 3 during course.)
- Course evaluation.
4 to 6 hours a week (time varies from student to student depending on your learning style and schedule.)
A Certificate of Completion awarding 30 Contact Hours will be sent upon completion of all course requirements.