This unit aims to build on the introductory unit in moral theology by exploring a range of important theories and practical issues in moral theology today. The areas to be explored include issues such as major trends in contemporary theological ethics, authority in the Church and the problem of theological dissent, moral issues concerning human life, reproductive technologies, surrogacy, euthanasia, abortion, the Church's role in the arena of politics and public life, problems of divorce/remarriage, the public agenda on gay/lesbian marriage/union, human migration, corporate social responsibility, and capital punishment.

Unit Code: DT2011Y

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Moral Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Critique the key literature, both secular and religious, on a number of current ethical questions


Identify the foundations and developments in the catholic tradition regarding its positions on a range of ethical issues


Critically evaluate the ethical positions of both secular and religious sources on a chosen topic


Apply christian ethical methodology to current debates on key moral issues


Present a cogent and sustained argument for a position taken on a specified issue

Unit sequence:

DT1000Y Introduction to Moral Theology or equivalent


Lectures, seminars, class tutorials and interaction, and videos


Description Weight (%)

1500 word Tutorial Paper


Major Essay 3000 word


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-27 08:20:14 +1000