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Archived Version 2017 - 2018

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module explores justice and peace, both generally and with regard to selected issues, from theological and philosophical perspectives, from biblical and ancient times up to the modern tradition of Catholic Social Doctrine.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a theological and philosophical knowledge and understanding of the concepts of justice and peace.
2. Identify and reflect upon the biblical and traditional sources of Christian thinking on, and action for, justice and peace.
3. Argue and justify ethical points of view regarding justice and peace issues, supported by relevant theological and philosophical sources.
4. Apply ethical principles and truths from the Christian tradition to specific contemporary justice and peace issues, such as war and human rights.
5. Integrate insights from the theological and philosophical tradition into a coherent, person-centred worldview.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Tutorial1No Description
Assignment Completion24No Description
Independent Study4.9No Description
Total Workload: 53.9

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Philosophical and theological understandings of justice and peace.

Justice and peace in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures and St Thomas Aquinas.

Catholic Social Doctrine/Teaching - history, texts and principles [e.g. human rights, solidarity, etc.].

Just War Theory and Pacifism. Environmental Issues. Other selected issues.

Liberation Theology

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Himes, Kenneth,: 2001, Responses to 101 Questions on Catholic Social Teaching, Paulist Press,, New Jersey,
  • Murray, John: 2005, Issues of Justice and Peace, Veritas, Dublin,
  • McGrath, Alister (ed.): 1993, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Thought, Blackwell, Oxford,
  • Regan, Ethna: 2010, Theology and the Boundary Discourse of Human Rights, Georgetown University Press, Washington D.C.,
  • Dorr, Donal: 2012, Option for the Poor and for the Earth, Orbis, Marynoll, NY,
  • Dwyer, J. (ed.): 1994, The New Dictionary of Catholic Social Thought, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minn.,,
  • Groome, T.: 1998, Educating for Life: A Spiritual Vision for Every Teacher and Parent [chapter 8]., Thomas More, Allen, Texas,,
  • Pieper, J.: 1966, The Four Cardinal Virtues ([Four books in one; our interest is in Justice: original 1955]., University of Notre Dame Press, Indiana,
Other Resources

30002, Online directory, The Holy See/Vatican, 0, Papal documents full-text links, http://www.vatican.va/offices/papal_docs_list.html, 30003, Website, United Nations, 0, Human Rights page, http://www.un.org/en/rights/, 30004, Website, World Council of Churches, 0, Homepage, http://www.oikoumene.org/, 30005, Website, Aquinas, St.Thomas,, 0, Summa Theologiae, http://www.newadvent.org/summa, 30006, Website, Glendon, Mary Ann, 1998, ‘Reflections on the UDHR’ in First Things April 1998, http://bit.ly/19u4xlc, 30007, Website, 0, Leaving Certificate RE Syllabus, http://www.curriculumonline.ie/uploadedfiles/PDF/lc_religion_sy.pdf,
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