Advanced Studies in Christian Ethics

Course code RELT6003
Not available in 2015

Description

This course is an advanced study in the discipline of theological ethics. Its key question will be: to what extent does an individual or a group's theology influence their answer to the question, what must I do? The course will examine responses to this question, including those from important philosophers and theologians throughout the ages. The course will culminate by providing students with the opportunity to explore contemporary issues of ethical importance and applying their skills in the discipline of moral theology and ethical reasoning to the exploration of these issues in a critical manner.

Availability

Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the processes involved in ethical reasoning.

2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the sources of ethical reasoning, with a focus on how theology and its sources (such as scripture, tradition, philosophy, and experience) influence this process.

3. Critically analyse current issues of morality, in bioethics, sexual ethics, and social ethics, including the application appropriate theological reasoning.

4. Evaluate various positions on issues of ethical importance in light of the skills developed in the course.

Content

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

  1. What must I do? And where do I turn for guidance? The process and sources of ethical reasoning.
  2. Does theology influence ethics? Using scripture, tradition, philosophy and experience in ethical reasoning.
  3. Contemporary contentious moral issues and positions: explorations and evaluations.

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): THEO6003. Students who have successfully completed THEO6003 are not eligible to enrol in RELT6003.

Assessment Items

Essay: Minor Essay

Essay: Major Essay

Online Learning Activity: 4 x Online Discussion Board

Contact Hours

Lecture

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term