Social Ethics

STB 3

DURATION:
45 hours
ID:
TM 104
CREDIT:
3

INSTRUCTORS:

A. Course Description

Social ethics is a part of morality theology which focuses on socially shared patterns of moral judgments and behaviors at macro level as well as micro one. Following perspective of social ethics as an applied Catholic Ethics on macro level, the course introduces some main elements of social ethics like: Bible, principles of social ethics in Church’s social teaching (CST) and social understanding. Then, students can apply a model process of ethical reflection, argument, and decision‐making to a concrete social issues.

B. Methodology of Course and Course Materials

The course is built on interaction between two partners: the lecturer and students. It means each partner has its own work. In class, the lecturer shares his topics of social ethics; students read books and articles at home and present home work in class. Nevertheless, the methodology relies on the active participation of students.

1. Requirement readings:

  • Astorga, Christina A., Catholic moral theology and social ethics, a new method, New York: Orbis books, 2014 (text book).
  • Carrier, Hervé, S.J, The social doctrine of the Church revisited, a guide for study, The Philippines, Quezon city: Tru-copy printing press, Inc, 1990 (hoặc bản dịch Việt ngữ của giáo sư Nguyễn Đăng Trúc, file in word document)
  • Đại chủng viện thánh Giuse, Tổng giáo phận Saigon, Các thông điệp xã hội, từ Đức Leo XIII đến Đức Gioan Phaolo II, bản dịch Việt Ngữ từ bộ sưu tập các thông điệp xã hội của Centre de Recherche et Action Sociales (CERAS), 1985.
  • Henriot, Peter, S.J and Edward P. Deberri, Michael J. Schultheis, Catholic social teaching, our best kept secret, 2nd Edition, Australia: Collins Dove, 1989.
  • Hợp, Nguyễn Thái, O.P, Một cái nhìn về Giáo huấn xã hội Công giáo, TP.HCM: NXB Phương Đông, 2010.
  • Perchke, Karl H., S.V.D, Đạo đức học Kitô giáo, thần học luân lý dưới ánh sáng Công đồng Vatican, Thần học luân lý, chuyên biệt 2 và 3, Tủ sách chuyên đề.
  • Pontifical council for Justice and Peace, Compendium of the Social doctrine of the Church, 4th printing, U.S.A: USCCB printing, 2007 (hoặc bản dịch Việt Ngữ “Tóm lược học thuyết xã hội của Giáo hội Công giáo”, Hội đồng Giám mục Việt Nam – Ủy ban bác ái xã hội, Việt Nam: NXB Tôn giáo, 2007).
  • Ủy ban Giáo lý Đức tin – HĐGMVN (dịch), Docat: Phải làm gì? Học thuyết xã hội của Giáo hội Công giáo, Vietnam: NXB Tôn giáo, 2017.

2. Further readings:

  • Dorr, Donald, The social justice agenda, justice, ecology, power and the Church, , Quezon city, the Philippines: Claretian publication, 1993.
  • Selected (soft) articles given by the lecturer in part III below.

C. Focuses of the Course and Readings

1. Moral theology

  • Hùng, Phêrô Trần Mạnh, Thần học luân lý – một cái nhìn mới, Việt Nam: NXB Tôn giáo, 2004.
  • Keenan, James F., S.J, “Vatican II and theological ethics”, Theological Studies 74 (2013).
  • Lan, Đặng Thị, “Về vai trò của đạo đức tôn giáo trong đời sống xã hội”, Tạp chí Triết học.
  • Popiden, John R., Chương 7: Thần học luân lý: đức tin và lối sống Kitô giáo.
  • Quang, Mark Đoàn, CMC, “Thần học luân lý tổng quát”.

2. Social ethics

  • Arruñada, Benito, “Protestants and Catholics: Similar Work Ethic, Different Social Ethic”, Barcelona Economics Working Paper Series, Working Paper nº 497, September 2010.
  • Beed, Clive and Clara Beed, “Using the Bible in Christian Ethics”, article 14, Vol. 3, 10.02.2014, Journal of Religion and business Ethics, DePaul University.
  • Berry, Brian, (linh mục Trần Mạnh Hùng, STD chuyển ngữ) “Đạo đức học Công giáo Roma: ba cách tiếp cận”.
  • Brunt, John and Gerald Winslow, “The bible’s role in Christian ethics”, Andrews University Seminary Studies, Spring 1982, Vol. 20, No. 1, 3-21.
  • Cullen, Philomena (edited), “Catholic Social Justice, Theological and Practical Explorations”, Bernard Hoose and Gerard Mannion, 2007, Published by T&T Clark, A Continuum imprint The Tower Building, 11 York Road, London SE1 7NX 80 Maiden Lane, Suite 704, New York, NY 10038.
  • Dobrin, Arthur (Editor), Religious Ethics, A Sourcebook, Hofstra University Hempstead, New York, USA: 2002.
  • Lewis, Daniel J., “The Christian and social Ethics, studies in Ethical decision – making”, Diakonos Inc., Troy, Michigan, U.S.A: 1990.
  • Morris, Russell A. and Dr. Noel B. Woodbridge. “Christian ethics as an adequate ethical system in the context of modern culture:  a theological analysis and critical evaluation”.
  • Padilla, René, “The Biblical basis for social ethics”.
  • A social ethic approach to social problems, (anonymous).

3. Catholic social teachings

4. Sociological perspectives

  • Dong, Phạm Tất and Lê Ngọc Hùng, Xã hội học (2nd printing), NXB Đại học quốc gia Hà Nội: 2001.
  • Sullins, Paul, Sociology: A Catholic Critique, Catholic University.
  • Một số lý thuyết xã hội (one page), anonymous.

D. Evaluation

  • Summary and critique on an article (30%)
  • Topic presentation of social encyclicals and social issues (30%)
  • Final paper on the model process of ethical reflection, argument, and decision‐making to a concrete social issues suggested by Christina Astorga in “Catholic moral theology and social ethics, a new method” (40%). The process must have three main elements: Vision (culture, religion, scriptures, systematic theology), norm (Church’s social teaching) and choice (primacy of context – thinking with stories, a larger framework for thinking with stories, systematic moral analysis and Ignatian discernment and judgment and decision). The paper has 10 – 15 pages A 4, font 12, line space 1.5.