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Global Development, the Environment and the Market

This module will present 20th century Catholic social teaching and apply it to key areas of political debate such as globalisation, the environment and the welfare state. It will also look at the importance of an ethical business sector that serves society and the place that the family and civil society institutions have in promoting the common good. 

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Dates and times

The Wednesday and Thursday sessions with take place from 6pm till 9pm, and the Saturday sessions will run from 10am till 5pm.

  • Section A: Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th and Saturday 30th January 2021
  • Section B: Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th and Saturday 27th February 2021
  • Section C:Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th and Saturday 27th March 2021 

This course is blended learning. In addition to the workshops students will need self-study and prepare independently. This will require a time commitment of approximately 200 hours throughout the course.


The full cost is £1,300.

Please ensure you can commit to the scheduled dates as unfortunately we are unable to give refunds.


The purpose of the module is to ensure that students understand the development of Catholic teaching in specific areas, examining how teaching can be applied to debates about public policy and behaviour in business and public life to reach prudential conclusions.

The module will examine the contributions of St. Thomas Aquinas, the late scholastics and  Rerum Novarum and then examine sources of Catholic social teaching in the 20th and 21st century and the debates surrounding the application of that teaching. With regard to the application of teaching to public policy issues, debate and open exchange of diverging views and perspectives will be encouraged! The emphasis will be less on study through different schools of thought (e.g. Christian democracy, distributism etc) and more on the four main principles of Catholic social teaching and their application through the Church’s teaching to public policy debates. 

A significant part of the module will examine the link between development, globalisation, the preferential option for the poor, the environment and the evolution of Catholic social teaching in these areas since Paul VI’s 1967 encyclical Populorum Progressio which inspired the founding of the development agency Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD). The module will also look at the development of social teaching about the environment and study in detail Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’.  A number of practitioner speakers and visiting academic experts will be used throughout the module. 

The course is assessed via...

A summative coursework marked by the module convenor and seminar paper.


Admitted applicants typically have a relevant undergraduate degree, or relevant industry experience, exceptions for mature learners. The course is of wide interest to other Christian denominations and faiths, and we welcome applications from anyone interested.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section (or equivalent).

You must provide a supporting statement of no more than 500 words. Please complete the application form and forward references and evidence to supporting your application to


Successful students will receive a certificate of attendance and a transcript detailing 30 credits at Masters level. Please note that the transcript will follow once internal and external quality assurance processes have been completed.

Find out more

For more information about this course please contact the Short Courses team:
Tel: 020 8240 4321