- 10 cp
- Prerequisites: Nil
- Incompatible: PHCC102 Being Human, PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life
Environmental pollution and interpersonal discrimination are just two examples of the many 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 Bantu concept of 'ubuntu' ("I am what I am, because of who we are") is helpful here, a concept that 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 realisation 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 realised. Given the pervasiveness of such problems in our community, addressing this need is important to our success as a community in realising a more just world, and to each student's role as an individual who can, and must, be part of that.
In this unit students will learn about the principles of Catholic Social thought, and then build on this knowledge by developing their understanding of how these principles relate to their own life and their own community. They will then 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 it will assist them to develop basic skills that will enable them to contribute to a more just society.