1.4.3 Review and discussion of Unit 1

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We are now reaching the end of Unit 1.  This screen outlines two ways of reviewing what you have learned, whether you are doing the module as part of a degree or using it to study informally.

First, as a reminder of what you have studied, open and look through the Unit 1 Contents page.

Having spent a few moments on this, you may wish quickly to scroll through some of the specific screens.  Keep the Contents page open while you are on this screen.

A.       Assessing the ‘learning outcomes’

As one way of reviewing your study, it will be helpful simply to refer back to the ‘learning outcomes’ for this unit (as given in 1.1.5).  They are below.  I have added references to the particular pages related to each and you could compare these to the Contents page.

By the end of Unit 1, you will be able to

  • outline what Catholic Social Teaching is  [1.1.1, 1.2.3]
  • summarize why Catholic Social Teaching exists  [1.2.1, 1.2.2]
  • describe the main ‘sources’ of CST [1.2.1 to 1.2.4, esp. 1.2.4]
  • name, define and discuss the main principles of CST [1.1.6 and 1.3.1 – 1.3.11]
  • demonstrate understanding of the learning outcomes for Module B, given in 1.1.3.

It is possible that, when you first re-read this, you’ll think you can’t easily do those things.  But this first reaction might be misleading.  When you start thinking about what you’ve worked through, you will probably realize that in fact you have achieved those outcomes, if only to some extent.

Looking back over what we have read is always worthwhile because it can greatly assist us to retain knowledge of it.  It can also enable better understanding because it can prompt us to see ways in which things fit together that we didn’t notice at first.

When you look at specific pages again, do you find that you largely know about what you’re reading, even if you couldn’t easily bring it to mind beforehand?  Or is the material really unfamiliar?  If it is the latter, it would be worthwhile reading those pages again carefully.

The fifth learning outcome listed above is not just about Unit 1 but is to do with the overall outcomes for Module A.  At the end of this first unit, it is certainly worth looking again at these, to remind yourself of the ‘big picture’ of where this study will lead you.  Therefore open 1.1.3.

After re-reading it, assess whether you could explain to someone else, in your own words (more or less), what this study should enable you to do.



To what extent has Unit 1 already contributed to you achieving the learning outcomes for the module overall?


B.       Discussing your study

The second way of reviewing your study at the end of this point is to discuss it with others.

If you are studying formally, you will be expected to participate in a seminar on what you have read for Unit 1.  The exact format of this will be determined by the Module Convenor in your university/college.  Possibly one student will be asked to prepare a discussion paper to get things going.

If you are studying informally in a parish, other Christian community or workplace, it will be worthwhile to join with others to compare and contrast your reactions so far.

If you are working through the module alone, so cannot have a face-to-face discussion of it, you are welcome to post your reactions to it and any questions on the page for this: Comments on Unit 1.

Whichever of the above applies to you, probably your study has provoked questions.  The ‘Reflections’ in the text, or the ‘Exercise’ on 1.3.11, in particular, might have done so.  Try to bring to mind what such questions were.  Focus on those that really are to with the content of this unit – as opposed to others that might be highly interesting but aren’t really relevant!

Discussion with others gives an opportunity to address some of these.

In addition to any questions you have come up with, here are four questions you could discuss:

(i)  In 1.2.1-1.2.4, we gave attention to:

–       Christian faith in God (1.2.1)

–       the Christian gospel (1.2.2)

–       what the main documents of CST are (1.2.3)

–       the significance of the Bible, reason and tradition for CST (1.2.4).

With that part of the unit in mind, read this quotation from Pope John Paul II:

[T]o teach and to spread her social doctrine [i.e. CST] pertains to the Church’s evangelizing mission and is an essential part of the Christian message, since this doctrine points out the direct consequences of that message in the life of society and situates daily work and struggles for justice in the context of bearing witness to Christ the Saviour. (Centesimus Annus, #5)

If you are someone with experience of the Church and Christian faith, have you found CST to be “an essential part of the Christian message”?

If yes, what has this meant in practice?  If no, why do you think that is?

(ii)  In light of study of the main principles of CST in 1.3, do you find you identify/agree with these principles?  Which of them resonate with you most strongly?  Are there some of them about which you think: I’m really not sure if I accept what this principle stands for?

(iii)  Discuss with others to what extent have you achieved the Unit 1 learning outcomes (as listed above on this screen).

(iv)  In light of Unit 1, which later topics/units in this module are you particularly looking forward to studying?  Why?

If your discussions of these or other questions prompt you to want to post on the COMMENTS ON UNIT 1 page, please do.

You are now at the end of Unit 1.  You might wish to review the Module B Outline or go directly to Unit 2 Contents.


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