Social Doctrine of the Church


The specialization in the Social Doctrine of the Church and Public Ethics intends to provide students with a preparation in the foundations and historical and doctrinal evolution of the social teachings of the Catholic Church.
Study and research aim to discover how “the Church’s social thought is primarily positive: it offers proposals, it works for change and in this sense it constantly points to the hope born of the loving heart of Jesus Christ.” (Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, No. 183).
This specialization offers Christian preparation for teachers, leaders of ecclesial and lay institutions, community leaders, pastoral workers and public figures, in order to respond to the emerging challenges, matters of ethics and justice, in contemporary institutional, social, economic and political life.

The specialization in the Social Doctrine of the Church and Public Ethics offers scientific preparation covering all areas of public life, related to both fundamental institutions and the emerging and burning problems in a global context. Every approach to the complexity of the contemporary context must be based on ethics and be interdisciplinary, starting from sociological and economic analysis, according to the interpretative method typical of the social doctrine of the Church, which is based on the triad see-judge-act (John XXIII, Mater et Magistra, 217; Paul VI, Octogesima adveniens, 4)
The duration of the course is two years. To register students must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences or an equivalent academic degree. If necessary, the Dean reserves, at the time of admission, to supplement the student’s preparation by adding to the standard program some courses of the Baccalaureate in Social Sciences.

The academic course deals with the themes of the Church’s social doctrine: work and human dignity, the environment and sustainable development, the common good and the role of government, subsidiarity and solidarity, the family and peace. The interpretation of these themes is studied by starting with the fundamental competencies of social sciences, with which we observe the phenomena of society, education, culture, politics, economy and religion.

The training received enables students to prepare themselves to take on responsibilities in the fields of public and ecclesial service. In particular, it facilitates teaching and research in the social doctrine of the Church and in social sciences, and enables the student to engage in various roles within national and international organizations and institutions, both in lay contexts and in ecclesiastical contexts.

Prof. Rocco D’Ambrosio describes the relevance and characteristics of our program in social doctrine of the Church.