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Spring 2019
Apr 09, 2020
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GOVT 461 - DepSem:Catholic Soc Thought
This course examines particular perspectives the Catholic Church, a transnational and global organization, has contributed--and continues to generate--within world-wide dialogue and debate concerning the Political Theory of International Relations.  Here are some questions the seminar may examine: Why and when did the Catholic Church change from insisting all persons must accept and adhere to Church dogma as objective truth to defending each person’s individual freedom of conscience and of religion?  (And what role might an American Jesuit from Georgetown have played in this extraordinary about face?)  How have prominent Catholic thinkers criticized and defended capitalism?  Why is the Catholic Church so strongly committed to institution-building in international relations, even when some IR theorists caution such projects are wishful thinking under conditions of international anarchy?  Is it “total war” Catholic theorists reject or only “WMD”?  What are some of the ways Catholic concepts like “Common Good”; “Authentic Human Flourishing”; “Solidarity”; “Preferential  Option for the Poor” and “Commitment to Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation” have influenced secular development of International Political Theory?  And what are key points of contention?  

This course includes the significant writing component a Department Seminar requires.  It is taught by Professor Marilyn McMorrow, RSCJ, whose personal expertise includes membership in a world-wide Catholic Religious Order, the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and whose academic expertise includes a doctorate in Political Theory and International Relations, a Master’s in American Intellectual and Religious History, and substantive graduate course work in Theology.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

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