CCS-066 Faith and International Development Course Outline

Faith and International Development provides a broad overview of faith-based approaches to international aid and development, how a faith-based lens differs from a secular one, and examines the motivations and theological elements that affect a faith-based model of international development, and the impact of different approaches on practical outcomes in global issues.

GENERAL COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  • Develop a strong understanding of the key themes of Catholic Social Teaching.
  • Recognize the economic, political, and social dimensions of global issues.
  • Analyze, critique and debate approaches to global issues, through short-written reflections and online discussion.
  • Develop an informed and analytical understanding of the Church as an actor in international aid and development.
  • Understand and apply key concepts through practical engagement with faith-based international development organizations.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Week 1: Global Development: Focus and Practice
  • Week 2: The History of Faith-Based Development
  • Week 3: The Abrahamic Faiths and A Call to Compassion
  • Week 4: Eastern Religions and Human Kindness
  • Week 5: Faith Matters for Global Development

INSTRUCTOR: 

Anu Ranawana

RESOURCES:

The Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The Holy Bible.

ASSESSMENT:

Faith and International Development consists of ten lessons and ten assignments, with each assignment weighted at 10% (percent) of the total grade.

TECHNICAL SKILLS AND EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS:

  • You must have Internet access. A high speed connection, either ADSL or cable, is recommended.
  • You should know how to use a web browser to navigate the web to locate educational resources and download files.
  • You will need the files management skills necessary to create directories, to save files and to retrieve files.