Advanced Studies in Christian Ethics

10 Units

This course will look at how individuals and society accept or reject what the Christian Church would view as moral behaviour in the 21st century. Has Christian morality passed its 'used by date'? How relevant is Christian moral teaching?

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course students will be expected to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the processes involved in ethical reasoning.
  2. Show awareness of and a clear understanding of the sources of Christian morality.
  3. Show awareness and familiarity with the particular contribution that the Christian Church has made throughout the centuries in the important area of moral theology.
  4. Analyse, in depth, current issues of morality, for example, in vitro fertilisation, abortion, contraception and homosexuality, using appropriate theological reasoning.
  5. Evaluate Christian moral theology according to their consistency and its appropriateness to society in the 21st century.

The aim of this course is to provide students with the opportunities to:

  1. The Christian moral life with a special focus on moral and faith development.
  2. Ways of studying ethics: Authoritarian; Personalistic or Humanistic.
  3. The freedom and primacy of conscience including an investigation into the areas of informed conscience; sin; reconciliation and discipleship.
  4. The impact of The Human Act; The Fundamental Option; Integral Intersubjectivity; Natural Law; the Principle of Double Effect and the Church Magisterium on moral reasoning in the 21st century.
Replacing Course(s) THEO6003
Transition Students who have previously completed THEO6003 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT6003.
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment 1 - 1500 words (20%)
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment 2 - 2500 words (30%)
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment 3 - 3500 words (50%) - A research paper on a particular moral issue
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 130 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for RELT60031

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