CGI—UGANDA: New Norms of Development and the Ecology of the Common Good in Uganda

Two credits | Interdisciplinary | Fully funded*

CGI—Uganda is a graduate student-only social justice immersion course that explores the Catholic social teaching principle of the common good from the perspective of ecological considerations. By engaging diverse communities in Uganda, especially the Bethany Land Institute in Luweero, the course investigates the degree to which integral human development is fostered by an ecological approach to the common good. Topics include Catholic social teaching and the concept of the common good; ecology and the papal encyclical Laudato Si’; the influence of history, culture, and religion in Uganda; and the option for the poor, with special reference to the experiences of women. The learning objectives include developing a sensitivity towards history of a place and its ecology; making connections between the common good and integral human development in general and the common good and ecology in particular; adoption of multidisciplinary standpoints and the formulation of research questions relevant to the context and a student’s own disciplinary background/interest. This course requires travel to Uganda during the Spring Break period and has the possibility of two extra required meeting times outside of the displayed meeting schedule (usually a Friday morning retreat and a post-immersion integration dinner).  Course Number: CSC 60697

FALL 2017

CGI-UGANDA: Women, the Church, and the Ecology of the Common Good 

Two credit | Interdisciplinary | Fully funded*

Women bear the brunt of climate change in Central Africa; does the Church offer them any recourse? CGI-Uganda is a graduate student-only social justice course that explores the Catholic social teaching principle of the common good from an ecological approach. It's immersion in Uganda will begin to enable students to understand the role that women and the Church share in modern Africa to bring about the ecological conversion called for in the papal encyclical Laudato Si’. While on immersion in Uganda, students will meet with diverse groups, including church-based ministries. The twofold course objective is to surface what meanings of the common good underlie these efforts among women and the Church in Africa, and to formulate personal, disciplinary, and structural responses to ecological crises, including their manifestation in forms of poverty as traditionally understood. This course requires travel to Uganda over the fall break 2017. 

The application for fall 2017 is now closed.


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January 2020

2020 Social Concerns Fair
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Winter Career Fair 2020
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Leadership Formation Workshop: Organizing through the power of story
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

February 2020

Application Close: SSLP 2020
Saturday, February 1, 2020 (All day)
Color of Compromise: Why the History of the Church and Race Matters
Monday, February 3, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Application Close: Community-Impact Grants
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 4:30pm
Information Session: Catholic Social Tradition Minor
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Junior Parents Weekend Open House
Friday, February 14, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

March 2020