Assessment Task 2: Reflective Personal Commentary
UNCC100: Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society Assessment Task 2: Reflective Personal Commentary
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In this assessment task you will reflect on the Catholic social thought principles with reference to or consideration of your course of study to explain the interrelatedness of self and community.
You will do this using the format of stand-alone, medium-length paragraphs that respond to four statements below (300 words for each of the four statements):
1. Describe how the CST principles of human dignity and the common good, respectively, balance the importance of individual persons with the importance of communities.
2. Describe the ways the CST principles of human dignity and the common good, comparatively, support and inform each other.
3. Explain how the CST principles of human dignity and the common good are relevant to key themes or ideas in your course of study.
4. Explain how the CST principles of preferential option for the poor and promotion of peace are relevant to key themes or ideas in your course of study.
Course of study: the degree program you are enrolled in at ACU.
It is a requirement that you:
i. Lisa Sowle Cahill, “Catholic Social Teaching,” in The Cambridge Companion to Christian Political Theology, ed. Craig Hovey and Elizabeth Phillips (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015) 67–87, in relation to your responses to at least two of the statements.
ii. Motsamai Molefe, “Ubuntu and Development: An African Conception of Development,” Africa Today 66 (2019) 96–115, in relation to your responses to at least two of the statements.
iii. one resource (e.g., LEO book, a linked article, reading (other than Cahill, 2015), a YouTube video, etc.) that is included in the LEO folder/tile for Module 1: Catholic social thought principles, in relation to your responses to at least two of the statements.
iv. one resource (e.g., LEO book, a linked article, reading (other than Molefe, 2019), a YouTube video, etc.) that is included in the LEO folder/tile for Module 2: Ubuntu, in relation to your responses to at least two of the statements.
v. one Faculty-specific unit reading from Module 1: Catholic social thought principles or one Faculty-specific resource/website (refer to ‘Texts and References’ section towards the end of the Extended Unit Outline), in relation to your responses to statements 3 and 4.
b) identify your course of study in your responses to statements 3 and 4.
Catholic Social Teaching
Describe how the CST principles of human dignity and the common good, respectively, balance the importance of individual persons with the importance of communities.
Two of the most fundamental tenets of Catholic Social Teaching are respect for human dignity and service to the common good. It involves placing a premium on people while considering the requirements of groups, these values strike a fair balance between the interests of individuals and society. In CST, the human person is the “core and summit,” as such, every person’s inherent worth and value must be upheld. The common good must be considered in the society. According to CST, regard for individual human dignity should not be at the cost of society. The common good refers to the aggregate of social circumstances that make it easier and more likely for people to realize their potential as individuals and as members of organizations. It is all-encompassing, including material and spiritual things, and catering to individual and communal needs.
Putting people first and treating them with dignity is essential if we want to achieve the common good. Everyone has something special to offer the world, and everyone should be given a chance to shine. When individuals feel valued, they are more likely to work toward a shared goal. People with disabilities have the opportunity to contribute their skills and knowledge to society and to take part in community activities. People’s ability to contribute to society suffers when they are not treated with dignity. When this happens, it might lower everyone’s standard of living. For everyone’s happiness in society, it is crucial to strike a balance between the values of individuals, groups, and communities. When people’s inherent worth as human beings and the greater good are equally valued, everyone has a chance to blossom and positively impact their society. Everyone wins when they are valued without discrimination.
Describe how the CST principles of human dignity and the common good comparatively, support and inform each other.
Catholic social teaching has several basic ideas, including respect for the dignity of every person and the betterment of society as a whole. These tenets stem from the belief that every person is created with inherent worth and dignity by God. The “common good” refers to society as a whole, including the conditions under which people may live in harmony and flourish to their fullest potential. These conditions include economic prosperity, equal educational opportunities, adequate healthcare, and a pristine natural environment.
Both human dignity and the common good, two core CST ideas, complement and strengthen one another. First, the public good rests on the premise of the intrinsic worth of each person. Everyone has inherent worth and dignity since they are created in God’s image. Second, CST’s goal is to improve society as a whole. Creating this is one of our goals as we try to build a more equitable society. That is why it is so important to work together to meet the needs of everyone, especially the most vulnerable in society. Third, the common good can only be attained via the selfless commitment of every person to the happiness of their fellow human being. In order to ensure that everyone has a fair shot at success, we need to foster the type of atmosphere that can only be achieved through collective effort. What this means is that we need to work together to create a society that can provide for the needs of its citizens. Thus, the best approach to further the common good is to work together to meet the needs of the defenseless members of our society. As a result, people must show mercy and help those who are really in need. When people work to protect people’s inherent worth and the greater good, they contribute to building a more just and caring society.
Explain how the CST principles of human dignity and the common good are relevant to key themes or ideas in your course of study.
The inherent worth of each individual is central to Catholic social theory. One of the cornerstones of Catholic social thought is respect for the inherent worth and value of every human being. Since God made human beings in His likeness, people should treat one another with the utmost decency. The need to treat people with kindness and consideration is important to the field of study, making this study essential. It has a bearing on social justice since it constantly reminds everyone to be treated with respect and courtesy. Following Catholic social teaching, the common good is prioritized. Catholic social theory places a premium on what is considered the greater good for everyone. This guiding concept urges people to put aside their differences and cooperate for the greater good. The principles emphasis on collaboration and mutual benefit making it applicable to the field of study. It is pertinent to embrace social justice because it reminds people that they have to put aside their interests and strive for the greater good.
Catholic social teaching emphasizes giving priority to those who are most in need. The idea of the preferred choice for the poor and vulnerable urges people to prioritize the needs of the poor and vulnerable in society. This guiding concept applies to my field of study since it highlights the need to assist those in the greatest need. It is important to society because it reminds people to look out for the weakest members of our community, making it pertinent to the discussion of social justice. Catholic social teaching promotes respect for employees and their rights as professionals. Catholic social teaching emphasizes the need to uphold workers’ rights and recognize their contributions to society. The guiding concept is instructive for me in my field of study since it stresses the need to treat employees fairly and respectfully. Workers’ rights to be treated fairly and with dignity are highlighted, making this a problem that intersects with social justice concerns.
Explain how the CST principles of preferential option for the poor and promotion of peace are relevant to key themes or ideas in your course of study.
Since people believe that God has a particular love for the impoverished and that society is obligated to love them, people may rationalize the preferred choice for the poor based on this conviction. I find this notion to be very pertinent to my studies. Helping people in need and speaking out for those with fewer means is at the heart of social work. This tenet serves as a gentle reminder to put my customers’ needs above my own and to be ready to go the extra mile whenever necessary.
The notion that God wants peace and that people are called to work toward that goal informs the promotion of the peace concept. As an international relations major, I find this idea applicable to my studies. The pursuit of peace and the avoidance of conflict should be constant goals in international relations. The guiding concept helps me remember that I should always strive to make the world more peaceful. The concept of human dignity stems from the conviction that every individual has inherent worth since they are made in God’s image. I find this idea to be very applicable to my studies. In the field of psychology, it is crucial to keep in mind that every individual deserves respect. This guiding concept helps me remember the importance of treating my coworkers with the courtesy and respect they deserve from me. A fundamental tenet of the common good concept is the idea that we are all obligated to cooperate for the benefit of society as a whole. This idea is directly applicable to my academic interests. When practicing sociology, one must constantly consider the effects of their actions on others and prioritize the greater good. This guiding concept is a constant reminder to prioritize the collective good above narrow self-interest.
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