- 10 cp
- Prerequisites: Nil
- Incompatible: PHCC102 Being Human, PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life
- Teaching organisation: this unit involves 90 hours of focused learning. A range of learning and teaching strategies appropriate to the campus and mode of delivery and its interdisciplinary and team teaching methodology will be utilised. The unit will be offered in face to face, intensive and fully online modes.
Is polluting our environment done for the common good?
Does perpetuating discrimination respect the dignity of the individual?
These are just two examples of the many real challenges we face as individuals functioning as members of our community. They highlight the fact that as humans, we are all individuals, and yet none of us lives in isolation. The African concept of ‘ubuntu’ is helpful here: “I am what I am, because of who we are” – this concept is consistent with the principles of Catholic social thought. Understanding these principles helps us to determine how issues relating to the dignity of the human person and the realization of the common good may be addressed in our personal and professional lives now and in the future.
This knowledge and understanding is a foundation for the development of the skills needed to be able to propose ways to address challenges where shared responsibility for the common good is not being realized. Given the pervasiveness of such problems in our community, addressing this need is important to our success as a community in realizing a more just world – and your role as an individual who can, and must, be part of that.
In this unit students will first learn what the principles of Catholic Social thought are, then they will build on this knowledge by developing their understanding of how these principles relate to their own life and their own community. Lastly, they will apply this understanding in a reflection on how these principles are relevant to their professional context at a local level.
This unit aims to equip students with knowledge and understanding of the ideas of "self" and "community" as interrelated concepts in the context of nine principles of Catholic Social Thought and develop basic skills to enable them to contribute to a more just society.