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RST-345-20, Justice and Peace

INSTRUCTOR: Sr. Sharon Kanis

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: T1/Tuesday/6:00 - 8:45 PM, September 4, 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16

CONTENT:

Members of the class will investigate and discuss the issues and situations that seem to prevent the achievement of true peace and justice in today's world. Topics include poverty, violence, racism and sexism. These issues will be explored from personal, communal and global perspectives using the Social Teaching of the Christian Churches as a framework.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

1. to become aware of the issues and structures of injustice

2. to participate in Social Analysis, including theological reflection

3. to identify current teaching from the Christian Churches, relative to matters of  justice

4. to assess personal participation in systems of injustice and define possible responses

METHODS:

1. dialogue involving class members in sharing personal experiences, research, assigned readings and activities

2. attendance and active participation in each class

3. guest speakers who have experience or involvement in these issues

4. small and large group discussions

5. appropriate media resources

ASSIGNMENTS AND REQUIREMENTS:

1. readings and outside class media assignments/ class participation (20%)

2. a reflection/ integration paper for each of the four major topics (40%)

3. a final project: research/ social analysis (40%)

REQUIRED TEXTS:

-Duffey, Michael K. Sowing Justice, Reaping Peace, Franklin, WI: Sheed and Ward, 2001.

ISBN: 1-580511-102-3

-Groody, D. Globalization, Spirituality and Justice, Orbis Press, 2007. ISBN: 9781570756962

-Pastoral Letters of the National Catholic Bishops Conference: Economic Justice for All  

-Selected articles available in class or online

RECOMMENDED ASSIGNMENT PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

Read one or more newspapers representing the news for at least three days prior to the first class. Come to class prepared to discuss major news items and the particular slant of each of the articles.