Introduction to Religious Ethics
Not available in 2012
Previously offered in 2011, 2010
This course will look at how one is to view moral behaviour in the 21st Century: why some behaviour is given a moral description; why cultures and historical periods differ in moral teachings; and how individuals and communities resolve conflict situations.
Upon completion of this course, students will be expected to:
1. Demonstrate an awareness of the processes involved in ethical reasoning.
2. Show awareness and familiarity with the sources of Christian morality.
3. Show awareness and familiarity with the particular contribution that the Christian Church provides in the important area of moral theology.
4. Analyse 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.
1. The Christian moral life with a special focus on moral and faith development.
2. The freedom and primacy of conscience including an investigation into the areas of informed conscience; sin; reconciliation and discipleship.
3. The impact of Natural Law; the Principle of Double Effect and the Church Magisterium on moral reasoning in the 21st century.
This course is open to Theology students, as well as students who wish to study the unit as an elective (provided this is allowed in the student's particular academic discipline).
Modes of Delivery
Distance Learning : Paper Based
Self Directed Learning
Self Directed Learning: for 130 hour(s) per Term for Full Term