Advanced Studies in Christian Ethics

Course code RELT6003
Not available in 2017


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.


Not currently available.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2016.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able 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.


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.


This course replaces THEO6003. If you have successfully completed THEO6003 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment Items

Essay: Minor Essay

Essay: Major Essay

Online Learning Activity: 4 x Online Discussion Board

Contact Hours