Social Justice emerges from the example of Jesus Christ and calls us to action in our lives.

1.1 Decisions and actions

Research & define Learning Experience 1 Catholic Social Teaching CST Glossary No 1

Where and when does responsibility come into decision making activities to complete

a) As a class break open the ideas of justice, morality, moral responsibility and the outcomes of decisions with a game such as The Mandarin Man (see Appendix 1 ).

The Mandarin Game

Lifeboat Ethics

b) Reflect on why you made a particular decision and the influences in your decision making.

c) Class discussion using the reflection activity and the motivations for making decisions in each situation:

Where and when does ‘responsibility’ come into the making of decisions?

d) Use a number of stories to break open different situations when personal and moral decisions need to be made. As you watch/read you can reflect on the following questions:

  1. Who are the people involved?
  2. What issue is at the heart of the story?
  3. What decisions need to be made?
  4. What are the possible outcomes as a result of the decisions being made?
  5. Why are some decisions easier to make than others?
  6. Where do morals and responsibility come into the decision making

Resources can include:

Moral dilemmas:


1.1 Decisions and actions

a) After participating in the game Mandarin Man, develop an argument as to which of the scenarios from the game present a ‘moral’ decision.

b) Answer/reflect upon: How is a ‘moral’ decision different from making a purely personal decision?


1.2 Stages of Moral Development

a) View the YouTube clip outlining the Kholberg’s theory

b) Use research to provide a definition of Kohlberg’s stages of moral development:

1. Pre conventional,

2. Conventional and

3. Post conventional and

then participate in a class discussion based on the three stages of moral development (teacher reference: Blessed to be a blessing).

c) View Disney’s movie Pinocchio. As Pinocchio grows up he moves through the moral stages.


Other movies that could be used are:

d) During the viewing of the movie, complete the worksheet. (See Appendix 2).

e) Use TKWL Year 10 Ch  9. Conscience & Decision Making   Use Year 10 Chapter 9.2 Conscience a Definition to develop an understanding of conscience.

f) View the Bishop Robert Barron clip on the catholic understanding of conscience.

g) Read TKWL Year 10 Ch 9.4. Compare these stages in maturing ones conscience to Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral Growth.

Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development

h) Form groups to discuss and list obstacles that affect a person’s ability to make decisions and develop an informed conscience. Each obstacle listed requires an explanation from the group.



1.3 Christian Discipleship

a) Read Matthew 25:35-40.

b) Record answers to the following questions using a Y Chart:

  • What do they see?
  • What do they think?
  • What do they wonder?


c) Select one of the Corporal Works of Mercy listed in this scripture passage (Note: Only 6 of the Corporal Works of Mercy are listed in Matthew 25:35-40. The 7th Corporal Work of Mercy comes from the Book of Tobit 1:17 bury the dead) and respond to how they and others should respond as Christians to the selected issue using a visual recording. An example is: The Project segment.


1.4 Reflection

a) Watch the video on clarifying values:

b) Write a list of your own values and reflect upon what has shaped and influenced you to have these values.

c) Experience the Ignatian EXAMEN method as a reflection activity following learning input on Corporal Works of Mercy. EXAMEN method.

d) Discuss essential question: What situations require you to exercise personal and moral responsibility?

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