About Creating Justice: Catholic Social Teaching for Today’s World
This in-depth course focuses on the 7 principles of Catholic Social Teaching, resting on the teaching of the Trinity–that we are made in the image of God. Each principle is enlivened through contemporary, real-life scenarios. Students are encouraged to discover what CST means in their daily choices and what they stand for and against, and it cultivates a Christ-centered empathetic lens in which to view and respond to the world around them.
Made for the way Generation Z learns:
In an increasingly connected world, Saint Mary’s Press’ eLearning platform is designed for the way your students learn best:
- Discovery: The course structure and content allows students to get into topics and discover answers for themselves.
- Conversation: Theological content is woven into student questions, comments, and discussions.
Creating Justice is a responsive curriculum, mediated by the wisdom and knowledge of the instructor.
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Rich Content with Solid Theology
Creating Justice engages students by teaching as Jesus taught: with storytelling, conversation, and relevant application. Imagine students encountering Catholic Social Teaching principles such as Stewardship and Dignity of Work in a way that connects with their lived experience.
“Creating a Culture of Love” is one example of the many real-life and fictional stories featured in Creating Justice. While Gloria and her Abuela are fictional characters, they represent a large population who experience racism and prejudice for their ethnicity. Instead of enjoying carefree time with her grandmother, Gloria worries about the harsh judgments of others. These simple, yet powerful, stories create empathy and invite students to view injustice from a personal level. When hearts are engaged, actions for justice will follow.
- Case Studies
- Real-Life and Fictional Scenarios
- Video Clips
- Encounters with Biblical Characters
“Empowering Champions” invites us all to consider how we might respond to prejudicial actions that target us or people close to us. In these scenarios, students get to analyze various responses and decide which response they feel most comfortable with. Whether a person is being targeted for their race, gender, religious identity, or other divisive labels, these activities empower us to stand together as one human family.
Activities consist of:
- Online polls and free form answers
- Scenarios and case studies
- Dynamic classroom discussions
An essential step in the study of Catholic Social Teaching is action. The Creating Justice course uses credible scenarios to spark the imagination of students and invite them to become active in the pursuit of justice. In “The Discipline of Hope,” students see how personal peacemaking supports both local and global efforts to create peace. Through personal reflection, individual and group activities, and engaging interactions, students apply their learning and see that they, too, can make a difference.
Applied learning categories:
- Summative Assessment Projects & Tests
- Research & Oral Presentations Projects
- Reflection on Students’ Role in a Global Community
Learning Styles & Personality Types
Creating Justice course was built by our instructional designers to be active, engaged learning, which is important part of learning for all styles and personalities. We understand the different dynamics that affect a student’s’ response, which is why we designed this course to have individual responses that become part of a group discussion. To learn more about the student experience, go to the experience page.
Creating Justice Course Platform
Within the Creating Justice platform we simplified the teacher’s work, such that the main focus of the teacher is corresponding and directing conversions within the classroom, which is critical with a hot-topic course. These teacher tools range from summative assessment projects and test to progress tracking. To explore more about the platform, go to the classroom page.