8.1.1 Reviewing the module’s Learning Outcomes

Unit 8 Contents

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It is time to review all we have looked at.  Here are the learning outcomes for Module A overall, reproduced from screen 1.1.3.

By the end of the module students will be able to:

  1. explain some of the main concepts and principles in Catholic Social Teaching, in particular: human dignity, the common good, the priority of labour over capital, solidarity, the universal destination of material goods, natural law
  2. outline the sources of Catholic Social Teaching, including the prophetic tradition in the Christian Bible
  3. summarize what CST means in practice for working life and for [two out of]* the following four areas of human living: ecological responsibility [Unit 3], economic life [Unit 5], family life in society [Unit 6], duties and rights in practice [Unit 7].
  4. describe some main landmarks in the historical development of CST since 1891
  5. discuss lines of argument in defence and critique of the content of CST in the above areas.

* If you are studying the module for 15 credits, you are expected to study CST on working life [Unit 4] and two out of the other four topics [Units 3, 5, 6, 7].

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Reflection

You still have Unit 8 to go, but to what extent do you think you have achieved these learning outcomes at this point?

To reflect on this, it might be helpful to scan down the contents page of each unit you have studied.  Here are the topics they covered and links to them:

Unit 1   Introduction and the prophetic strand in Scripture

Unit 2   History and principles

Unit 3   Humans ‘in the image of God’ and ecological responsibility

Unit 4   The ‘priority of labour over capital’ and working life

Unit 5   The ‘universal destination of goods’ and economic life

Unit 6   ‘Natural law’ and family life in society

Unit 7   Human dignity in practice: duties and rights

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If you have worked through the material, I hope that you have a sense that you are a long way towards attaining at least the first four of the outcomes above.  This unit should enable you to attain the fifth.

Indeed it should enable you both to bring together your knowledge of the areas of CST covered in this module, i.e. enable synthesis, and to equip you to discuss CST critically.  We shall look at these aims, synthesis and critical thinking, in section 2 of this unit.

Before that, however, we give further attention to the historical dimension of the module – and therefore to the fourth ‘learning outcome’.  An emphasis on historical learning is one of the things that make this module different from Module B.  What is in focus in that module’s final unit is CST’s overall vision of society, whereas the focus here is on CST in historical perspective.

The next screen gives an opportunity to refresh and extend your knowledge of the historical events which form the background against which modern CST has emerged.

Here are the specific learning outcomes for Unit 8:

By the end of this unit, you will be able to

  • outline landmarks in the development of CST in the twentieth century and how they fit in relation to other historical events
  • summarise the content and significance of Centesimus Annus
  • identify possible strengths and weakness in CST and engage constructively in critical discussion about these
  • communicate how CST in the areas covered in this module forms an overall vision (although an incomplete one) of living life to the full.

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End of 8.1.1

Go to 8.1.2 Revising your historical learning

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