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CODE MRT5207

 
TITLE Work in an Ethical Perspective

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 5

 
DEPARTMENT Moral Theology

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit will provide an exploration of the biblical ethical and theological understanding of work, economics and society in a globalised world, particular attention to the perspectives of the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church. Particular issues such as the dignity of human work, the relation between work and capital, the right to work, work-family balance, the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity, and the importance of participation will be investigated. and there will be consideration of the insights of the psychology of work.

Study-unit Aims

This study unit aims at outlining the biblical ethical and theological understanding of work, economics and society in a globalised world, with particular attention to the perspectives of the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church and the insights of the psychology of work.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- have a clear understanding of biblical ethical and theological understanding of work, economics and society in a globalised world, with particular attention to the perspectives of the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church.

- appreciate particular issues such as the dignity of human work, the relation between work and capital, the right to work, work-family balance, the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity, and the importance of participation, and the insights of the psychology of work.

2. Skills: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- critically respond to particular issues such as work-family balance, the discernment of situations using the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity and highlighting the importance of participation.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

- Economics, Ethics and Public Policy, edited by Charles K. Wilber, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 1998.
- Democracy, social values, and public policy, D Maclean, Praeger Publishers, 1998.
- John W. Houck, Oliver F. Williams, Catholic social teaching and the United States economy, Notre Dame, 1984.
- Fred Kammer, Doing Faith in Justice: An Introduction to Catholic Social Thought Paulist Press, 1991.
- Thomas Massaro, Living Justice : Catholic Social Teaching in Action, Sheed and Ward, 2000.
- Marvin L. Krier Mich, Catholic Social Teaching and Movements, Twenty-third Publications, 1998.
- David J. Obrien and Thomas A. Shannon, ed., Catholic Social Thought: The Documentary Heritage, Orbis Books, 1995.
- Judith Dwyer, ed., The New Dictionary of Catholic Social Thought, The Liturgical Press, 1994.
- Charles E. Curran, Catholic Social Teaching 1891- Present: A Historical, Theological and Ethical Analysis, Georgetown University Press, 2002.
- J. A. Coleman ed., One Hundred Years of Catholic Social Thought, Orbis Books, 1991.
- Charles E. Curran, Richard A. Mc Cormick eds, Official Catholic Social Teaching, Readings in Moral Theology No. 5, Paulist Press, 1986.
- Gregory Baum, The Priority of Labor: A Commentary on Laborem Exercens: Encyclical Letter of Pope John Paul II. New York: Paulist Press, 1982.
-George Weigel and Robert Royal eds, A Century of Catholic Social Thought, University Press of America, 1991.
- Robert G. Kennedy, Dignity of Work: John Paul II Speaks to Managers and Workers, University Press of America, 1994.
- Barbara Goodwin, Ethics at Work, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dortrecht 2001.
- Kenneth R. Himes and Lisa Sowle Cahill, Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentaries and Interpretations, Georgetown University Press, Washington DC, 2006.
- Joe Holland, Modern Catholic Social Teaching: the Popes Confront the Industrial Age, Paulist Press, New Jersey 2003.

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite qualifications: A good undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S David Cortis
George Grima

 
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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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