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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Teaching Module on Pope Francis' Encyclical

Ethics and Laudato Si'

David E. DeCosse and Brian Patrick Green

This module provides selections from the encyclical Laudato Si', with background, specific discussion questions, and key points for classroom dialogue.

  1. The basic readings and key themes are contained in the Student Handout
  2. Questions and other resources for instructors are in the Notes for Instructors

The module is designed to be used in a single 50 to 60 minute class period, or a shorter period over several days. It can be used in several different types of courses, including business ethics, environmental studies, and religious studies.

The module is provided at no cost (with written permission for class use) by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. Please send requests for permission to

David E. DeCosse is Campus Ethics director at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and teaches in the SCU Department of Religious Studies. Brian Patrick Green is assistant director of Campus Ethics and teaches in the Engineering School.

AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

Oct 29, 2015