Energy, Climate, and Social Change

Social Concerns Seminar
CSC 33985

This course will examine the relationship between energy, consumption, and environmental ethics. Using the Catholic Social Tradition, specifically Laudato Si, as a lens through which to view creation care and climate change, students will encounter current realities, engage in thoughtful reflection on the theological/philosophical tradition related to creation care, consider hopeful solutions toward more responsible personal and social patterns related to the environment and evaluate various sustainable energy and climate policies. 

This seminar aims to foster an environment that encourages, in the words of Pope Francis, an ‘ecological conversion’ at a personal and communal level. Participants will engage in conversation, reflection and experiences that encourage the adaptation of a new way of being related to the earth and the care of creation, and will gain vision for ways to advocate for serious responses to climate/environmental issues at the social/structural level.

Class Dates: Mondays: 5:15 –6:45 p.m., August 31–November 9, 2020

There is no fee for this seminar.
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The Fall 2020 Seminars Application is now closed. Please direct questions about participation in CSC Seminars to

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January 2021

February 2021

Application Open | SSLP 2021
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 (All day)
Social Concerns Fair
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Application Close | SSLP 2021
Monday, February 15, 2021 (All day)

March 2021

2021 CST Conference: Justice in the World
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
2021 CST Conference: Justice in the World
Friday, March 26, 2021 - 11:00am to 8:15pm
2021 CST Conference: Justice in the World
Saturday, March 27, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:15pm

April 2021