2.1.1 Introduction to Unit 2

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Unit 2 Contents

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After our focus on the sources of Catholic Social Teaching in Unit 1, and especially the prophetic tradition in the Christian Bible, this unit goes much further in introducing CST itself.

It does this in three ways.

The first part of the unit gives a very short outline of the historical background to the emergence of modern CST.

The second part introduces the main principles found in CST.  It is longer than the first part, especially in that more reading is set.  A grasp of these principles is very important for seeing what CST means in practice in the various areas of living you will study in the following units.

The third part of the unit introduces an important method for making use of CST when we address issues that face us in practice in those areas.  This method was originally known as ‘see, judge, act’ and is now usually called the ‘pastoral cycle’ or ‘pastoral spiral’.  You will be expected to make use of this method in your own study of the module, especially in Assignment 1.

The learning outcomes for this unit correspond to those three parts.

Learning outcomes for Unit 2

By the end of this unit, you will be able

  • to outline the meanings of ‘industrial capitalism’ and ‘socialism’ and, in relation to them, the position articulated by Pope Leo XIII in Rerum Novarum in 1891
  • to list the main principles found in CST and discuss their meanings
  • to explain the method of making use of CST referred to as ‘see, judge, act’ and the ‘pastoral spiral’.

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