Peace Studies

Course Number: 718

Open To:
Grades 11-12

Course Length:
Semester; 5 Units

UC/CSU Approved: Elective area “G” requirement. Satisfies one semester of the Religious Studies graduation requirement. This course does not meet NCAA requirements.

Course Description:

Guided by Pope Paul VI’s famous declaration, “If you want peace, work for justice,” this course provides students the opportunity to think critically about peacemaking by building on concepts and principles learned in the prerequisite Social Justice course. Students will focus on war, violence, and militarism; immigration and border issues; gender and peacemaking; care for God’s creation; and inspiring examples of peacemakers. Through the study and examination of the vast body of official Catholic social documents, including papal encyclicals, constitutions, and pastoral statements, this course mirrors OLP’s mission to “help students become active participants in building Christ’s Kingdom of justice, love and peace.” This course aims to inspire students to promote peace, advocate for justice, and provide service to others by preparing students to be active participants in 21st century society working toward peace.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society, First Edition. Saint Mary's Press. ISBN: 9781599820774

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

Completion of Social Justice with a minimum of “C” letter grade