Christian Social Ethics : politics and economics questions II

ltheo2262  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

Christian Social Ethics : politics and economics questions II
4 credits
30.0 h

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2017-2018 !

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Main themes
In order to reach these goals, the course offers an analysis of a specific question, one time in the political field and the next time in the economical field. Important current files will be objects of research that need to use the tools of current ethics in connection with philosophy and social sciences The course will show some specificities of a Christian look aware of the plurality of approach.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 By the end of the course, the student should be able : - to clarify fundamental categories for ethical thought in the context of important questions about society - to relate the contributions of Christian traditions to public debates on social bound - to analyse the issues about the social involvements of Christians in dialogue with other convictions.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The economics of religions
Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, first published as a series of essays in 1904 and 1905, is one of the founding documents of sociology of religion. It inaugurates an always controversial debate on the links between the religious phenomenon and social practices, particularly in the field of economics. In the context of the 500th Reformation anniversary the course suggests an introduction into economic ethics and focuses on the impact of different religious cultures on economy. It starts with the diversity within the Christian traditions and opens the discussion to other world religions, in accordance with the spirit of Weber's ambitious project. The economics of religion is a young branch in religious studies and should also be considered from a theological point of view.


Teaching methods
There will be lectures and also important interactive moments based on texts that have to be read by all participants.
Evaluation methods
The elements of evaluation are the regular and active participation, the writing of a short essay (maximum 5 pages on a subject that can be chosen among the topics of the course) and an oral exam.
Un choix des textes sera disponible sur Moodle. La meilleure préparation est la lecture critique du texte de Weber avant le cours.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Sociology

Master [120] in Theology

Master [120] in Political Sciences: General

Master [120] in Anthropology

Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations

Master [120] in Ethics

Master [60] in Theology

Master [120] in Philosophy

Master [120] in Public Administration