Sample Syllabi


Theology in Ecological Perspective
  • This course explores contemporary Catholic-Christian theology and its response to environmetnal and ecological issues .  Its syllabus can be found here.

College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas School of Social Work 
Social Work for Social Justice Resources Guide 

Included in this guide are the following topics:
  • An analysis of social work in Catholic higher education, 
  • An examination of how social work can be strengthened through integrating the principals of Catholic Social Teaching, 
  • Learning modules on social policy, human behavior and the social environment, skills for practice, integration across the curriculum, collaborating in agency and community settings, and global connections, 
  • Resources from Catholic Charities USA on poverty and immigration.
The guide comes in both binder and electronic form. For your free copy or more information email Mary Ann Brenden at
Catholic Social Thought Course at Chaminade University
  • This course, led by David Coleman, offers a comprehensive overview of CST.  Its syllabus is available here
Heart of the City, an Interdisciplinary Seminar on Urban Poverty at Chestnut Hill College
  • This course, led by Marie Conn and Martin Molloy, examines the human person and the human condition from the academic disciplines of religion and sociology.  It also provides opportunities for first-hand experience.  Its syllabus is available here.
Resourcing the New Core Curriculum: 
The University's Partnership with Catholic Relief Services
  • This guide, produced specifically for Santa Clara University, explains how faculty might incorporate a wealth of easily available resources from CRS in their curricula.  It can be found here.
Human Rights Program at the University of Dayton
Catholic Social Teaching Course at Loyola University Chicago
  • This course explores key themes of CST as well as underlying theology and anthropology.  Its syllabus can be found here.
Catholic Social Teaching: International Development at Mount St. Mary's University
  • This course explores the range of problems that CST addresses, particularly on the international stage.  Its syllabus can be found here.
The Church and Social Action: Urban Plunge, University of Notre Dame
  • This course is designed to expose students to the sights and sounds of poverty in close proximity to their home town.  It also includes a 48-hour immersion component which allows each student to meet those affected by poverty.  Its syllabus can be found here.
E Pluribus Unum at Xavier University, OH
  • This course explores the advantages of cultural diversity and promotes an awareness of what the human family has in common.  Its syllabus can be found here.
Christian Ethics of War and Peace at Creighton University, NE 
  • This course introduces students to Christian perspectives on the use of lethal force from the biblical period to the present day.  Its syllabus can be found here.  


American Catholic History and Thought at College of Saint Benedict and St. John's University, MN

  • This course grants students a basic understanding of Roman Catholicism in the United States in order to help them think crticially about the problems and possibilities of its past, present and future.  Its syllabus is available here.


Race, Religion, and Social Justice: University of San Diego, CA

  • This course examines the interrelationship regarding issues of social justice, race and religion in guiding us towards a more just, compassionate and humane society.This syllabus is available here.  


Catholic Business Education Project: University of St. Thomas, MN

  • These courses integrate the Catholic mission of the university into the a business curriculum.  Background papers, syllabi, and teaching notes for each of these courses are available here.


Small Christian Communities as a New Model of Church in Africa Today: Tangaza College, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Africa

  • This pastorally-oriented course focuses on one particular model for Church - small communities in Africa.  The syllabus for this course is available here.  


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