Peace Studies

Course Number: 718

Open To:
Grades 11-12

Course Length:
Semester; 5 Units

UC/CSU Approved: Elective area “G” requirement. Satisfies one semester of the Religious Studies graduation requirement

Course Description:
Guided by Pope Paul VI’s famous declaration, “If you want peace, work for justice,” this course provides students the opportunity to think critically about peacemaking by building on concepts and principles learned in the prerequisite Social Justice course. Students will focus on economic justice, immigration & border issues, war, active non-violence, environmental justice and women’s rights issues. Through the study and examination of the vast body of official Catholic social documents, including papal encyclicals, constitutions, and pastoral statements, this course mirrors OLP’s mission to “help students become active participants in building Christ’s Kingdom of justice, love and peace.” This course aims to inspire students to promote peace, advocate for justice, and provide service to others by preparing students to be active participants in 21st century society working toward peace.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Anselm Academic Study Bible, New American Bible, Catholic Edition. ISBN: 9781599821245
  • Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society, First Edition. Saint Mary's Press. ISBN: 9781599820774
  • Additional texts provided by instructor.

Level of Difficulty:
Moderate
Difficult
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

Prerequisites:
Completion of Social Justice with a minimum of “C” letter grade