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Another FaCTS Mellon Project

Restructuring THEO 3800, Environmental Issues in Christian Perspective, as an Interdisciplinary Course

by Dr. Jerry Farmer

Environmental Degradation on a global scale is the issue and problem to which both Theological Ethics and Environmental Sciences seek to address, confront, and seek solutions through action (praxis). This issue and problem relates in a very explicit way to the Mission Statement of Xavier University of Louisiana, which reads, in part: "The ultimate purpose of the University is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society." Students will become competent in using "strategic interdisciplinarity," an iterative-praxiological method, which has the goal of producing ethical norms for action, strategic solutions, and public-policy guidelines. The overall aim of strategic interdisciplinarity is to assist in the transformation of social, economic, and political institutions in the interest of social justice.

Start date: Friday, May 9, 2014
Finish date: Friday, May 9, 2014