Catholic Social Thought and the United Nations

The course provides service-learning opportunities to students interested in advancing Catholic Social Teaching through international law. Class readings and other instructional materials provide a brief introduction to the international legal framework that governs international relations among states, with a special emphasis on the actions of the United Nations and the relationship of those actions to the domestic law of states. Particular issues addressed by Church teaching and international agreements or statements will be examined in preparation for student participation in lobbying activities at meetings of United Nation's bodies. After the conclusion of a one-week lobbying experience, students prepare two papers. Enrollment is limited to 10 students admitted by permission of the instructor. (Spring only - 3 credits)