Teaching the Catholic Intellectual Tradition through an Experiential Learning Program

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Dinnocenti, Susan T.; Lizano-DiMare, Maria; Mamun, Khawaja; Paliwal, Rupendra
moral values; catholic intellectual tradition; social justice; microfinance; underdeveloped country; business students; Business Law, Public Responsibility, and Ethics; Community-Based Learning; Higher Education; Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
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A Catholic University has a specific mission of preserving, transmitting and developing the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. This paper proposes an experiential learning program to support this mission of the catholic universities. This program aims to provide integrated and practical learning of fundamental moral values of catholic intellectual tradition and issues related to social justice while developing the critical and analytical thinking through exposure to real world problems, their possible solutions and a personal reflection. In this paper, we use a microfinance program in an underdeveloped country as the premise for the experiential learning program specifically for business students. Moreover, the proposed program has a clearly defined 5-step module with flexibility to adapt to different academic discipline.