Pope Francis urged world leaders to care for the planet and the world’s poorest people. Later, the General Assembly adopted 17 goals, which extend through 2030.Credit...Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Semester 2 unit | Action for a Fairer World

Since his 2015 document Laudato Si’, Pope Francis has continually urged vigorous ecumenical and inter-faith action to help solve global warming and extreme inequality. These issues are even more urgent after the financial and health crises following COVID-19.

The unit explores the influences on Pope Francis and his team of advisers and collaborators, including by leading economists, demographers, environmentalists and social thinkers involved in developing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

It examines Pope Francis’s moral critique of economics today, especially extreme inequality resulting from neoliberal policies, and highlights the climate crisis compounding the challenge of how an increasing population can live sustainably without excessive consumption.

Francis strongly promotes the UN Sustainable Development Goals as our best hope to abolish chronic hunger and extreme forms of poverty, to feed and nurture increased population until it levels off, and to offer all people hope for a fulfilling life. The unit considers the roles of religion, values and economics in shaping a fairer world.

Lecturer Bruce Duncan
Level Level 2, 3 & 9
Study Mode Face to Face
Unit Code (with link to UMS) DT2016Y



Timetable Monday evenings at 6pm

After his ordination for the Redemptorists, Bruce Duncan studied economics and politics at the University of Sydney, and has been teaching at YTU since 1986 about issues of justice, development and peace.

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