Advanced Studies in Theological Ethics

Course code RELT6003Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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 these issues in a critical manner.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesUpon completion of this course students will be expected to:
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.
ContentThe 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)THEO6003
TransitionStudents who have previously completed THEO6003 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT6003.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsMinor Essay – 1800 words (30%)

Major Essay – 3000 words (50%) – research paper on a moral issue
Online Discussion4 x 300 word posts (20%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term