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Action for a Fairer World

Featured unit in Semester 2, 2021

The unit explores the influences on Pope Francis and his collaborators, including leading thinkers involved in developing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Monday evenings 6pm-9pm 26th July – 25th October

Photos flickr cc. Thanks to SDGs IAEA Vienna 2016; Ron Mader & Global justice now.

Pope Francis continually urges vigorous ecumenical and inter-faith action to help tackle global warming and extreme inequality. These issues are even more urgent after COVID. Francis strongly promotes the UN Sustainable Development Goals as our best hope to abolish chronic hunger and extreme forms of poverty, to feed increased population until it levels off, and to offer all people hope for a more fulfilling life. The unit considers the roles of religion, values and economics in shaping a fairer world. We examine Pope Francis’s moral critique of economics today, especially extreme inequality resulting from neoliberal policies, and highlight the climate crisis compounding the challenge of how an increasing population can live sustainably.


Dr Bruce Duncan CSsR studied economics and politics at the University of Sydney, and has taught at YTU since 1986.

College Yarra Theological Union
Lecturer Dr Bruce Duncan CSsR
Level Level 2; Level 3; Level 9
Study Mode Face-to-face
Unit Code
(with link to UMS)
DT2016Y (Blended)
DT3016Y (Blended)
DT9016Y (Blended)

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