This course provides a historical, theoretical and practical overview of the principles and themes of the Roman Catholic social encyclical tradition. It explores views on Christian social responsibility through classic texts and contemporary problems. [This course was originally an e-course, conducted entirely on-line.]

This course will focus on giving the student a basic knowledge of the Catholic Faith, Catholic Practice, utensils of Catholic Liturgical Celebrations and the Celebrations themselves. By the end of this course a student should have a basic working knowledge of the fundamentals of Western Catholicity.

The course provides an introduction into the complex reality of the Catholic tradition. The course offers interdisciplinary study of Catholic belief, history, worship, and spirituality. Topics range from the foundational doctrinal beliefs and historical events of Catholicism to contemporary developments and debates.