Justice in the Mission of the Catholic Church

The advanced unit Justice in the Mission of the Catholic Church explores justice as a constitutive dimension of the evangelising mission of the church, placing mission within the context of social relations. Students will acquire an advanced understanding of Catholic Social Teaching and the key concepts used in contemporary discussion on mission and justice, equipping them to develop innovative approaches to mission.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline


Credit Points



9 credit points in Mission at 8100 or
18 credit points at 7200 in Missiology, Theology or Ethics



Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the development of the social justice tradition of the Catholic Church in the post Vatican II period
  2. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the links between social sin, integral human development, liberation, evangelization and the option for the poor
  3. summarize and communicate the role of social justice in the New Evangelization
  4. evaluate and generate creative approaches to contemporary justice issues as part of the mission of the Catholic Church
  5. apply and critique the methodology of contemporary Catholic Social Teaching.
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