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, abortion, surrogacy, euthanasia, 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: DT9011Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

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 ethical issues.


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


Use prime sources for a research essay, present their positions accurately, and critique them


Analyze and evaluate practical and complex moral questions from human experience in case studies that will be given during the course.

Unit sequence:

One foundational unit in moral theology or its equivalent.


Lectures, seminars, tutorial and class interaction, and videos


Description Weight (%)

Tutorial Presentation 2000-word paper


Major Essay 4000-word Major Essay Or for those not opting to do the tutorial presentation a 6000-word research essay.


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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-27 14:41:50 +1000