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RST-401-20, Top: Justice & Peace Educ (FA13)

INSTRUCTOR: Sharon Kanis, SSND                    

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: B/Tuesday/6-8:45 pm, 09/03/2013-12/03/2013

CONTENT:

Members of the class will explore contemporary social issues through the lens of Catholic social teaching. In addition to theological examination of issues related to justice and peace, the course will explore practical methods for introducing and deepening education for social justice in the classroom, the school, and the larger community.

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

5. to examine pedagogical approaches for justice education

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

ASSIGNMENTS AND REQUIREMENTS:

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

2. a reflection/ integration papers (40%)

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

REQUIRED TEXTS:

-Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, 2004, Liberia Editrice Vaticana. ISBN 88-209-7716-8.

-Pastoral Letters of the National Catholic Bishops Conference: TBA

-Selected articles available in class or online

RECOMMENDED ASSIGNMENT PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

Read several articles of local and world news from 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.