1.1.3 Learning outcomes for Module B

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Unit 1 Contents

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What you will study is organised to enable you to meet certain ‘learning outcomes’.  This term is quite a useful one, even though it is part of the jargon of current educational bureaucracy.  As you probably know, it is standard practice in British universities that a module has a set of learning outcomes.

Learning outcomes state what you should know, and what you should be able to use your knowledge to do, when you have completed study of this module.

LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR MODULE B (DRAFT)

Note  This statement of learning outcomes (LOs) remains draft because it is likely to be amended before being formally approved at each university or college.

Subject-specific learning outcomes

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: justice, the common good, subsidiarity, the connection between freedom and truth, and solidarity
    2. outline the sources of Catholic Social Teaching, including the ‘just government strand’ in the Christian Bible
    3. summarise what CST means in practice for the responsibilities of government, and for [one of]* the following: democratic political participation; criminal justice and social justice; international development; peace and war
    4. discuss lines of argument in defence and critique of the content of CST in the above areas
    5. describe and assess the extent to which CST presents a coherent vision.

*   The words in square brackets, ‘[one of]’, are relevant if you are studying this module for 15 credits (rather than 20).

Generic learning outcomes

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

    1. identify, access and deploy basic methods of analysis to primary and secondary sources
    2. make use of on-line resources in academic study
    3. employ reflective practice as a mode of learning1
    4. articulate lines of argument about contested theoretical and practical issues.

Academic Level of module (subject to confirmation): 5 or 6 (= second or third year of f/t degree)

SYNOPSIS OF THE CURRICULUM

Here is an outline, unit by unit, of what the module will cover to enable you to meet those outcomes:

The module is structured into eight units, two of which are introductory, five of which combine study of one main principle and one area of practice, and one of which gives a concluding synthesis.  The eight units are:

    1. Introduction to CST and outline of its main principles, focusing on the common good
    2. Biblical and historical background to modern CST
    3. Justice, the principle of subsidiarity and the responsibilities of government
    4. Participation in public life, democracy and the inherent connection of freedom and truth*
    5. Criminal justice and social justice*
    6. International development and the principles of solidarity and ‘integral human development’*
    7. The international community and principles of peace and war*
    8. Synthesis: CST’s vision of Church in society, justice and the common good

* If the module is studied for 15 credits, students do one out of the three asterisked units.

The above LOs and synopsis of the curriculum of course do not cover all of CST.  This is because this module is one of two.  The twin module, on ‘Living Life to the Full’, addresses topics in CST not referred to here.

LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR UNITS

As well the learning outcomes for the module overall, you will find at the beginning of units 2-8 a short list of LOs for each of these. There will be a reminder of them at the end of each unitxx, so that you can check whether you have a sense that your study of the unit has enables you to attain them.  If you think you are shaky on one or more of them, you can look again at the relevant part of the unit.

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  1. This is to be included if the module is offered in a Foundation Degree. 

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