Content

In a time of increasing threat of war and growing terrorist activity, this unit provides a structured way of bringing the Catholic Social Tradition to bear on issues associated with conflict in the world today. Further, the unit contributes to making Christian moral thought on these issues more widely known and so equipping students to engage more effectively in the public forum. The unit includes the following components: an historical, biblical, and theological examination of the concepts of peace and war; pacifism and the early church; pre-Christian antecedents of the just war tradition; the concept of “holy war”; the development of the just war principles; a moral critique of “just war”; ecumenical perspectives; a moral analysis of terrorism; a critique of the adequacy of pacifist and just war thought as a moral response to the problems of the contemporary world.

Unit Code: DT9042C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Moral Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of both pacifism and the just war principles.

2.

Engage in critical dialogue with the Catholic Moral Tradition regarding issues of peace and violence.

3.

Explore contemporary ecumenical perspectives on peace, violence, pacifism, and just war.

4.

Assess the moral challenges which terrorism poses both as a matter of principle and in a contemporary context.

5.

Articulate a developed view of the adequacy of pacifist and just war thought as a Christian moral response to the problems of the contemporary world.

Unit sequence:

This unit adds to the postgraduate moral theology elective units available and could be studied as such in most postgraduate courses. The unit itself does not have any prerequisites.

Pedagogy

Option A: Learners will engage with weekly lecture input, directed reading activities, facilitated peer discussions, electronic resources and formative feedback to achieve the learning outcomes. Option B: Learners will engage in intensive mode with lecture input, directed reading activities, facilitated peer discussion, electronic resources and formative feedback, to achieve the learning outcomes. Option C: Learners will engage in mixed-mode learning through 36 engagement hours (24 hours on-campus mode plus 12 hours online mode), directed reading activities, personal study through electronic resources and assessment tasks, to achieve the learning outcomes.

Assessments

Description Weight (%)

1,000-word report

20.0

5,000-word essay (in-depth analysis)

80.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 7 Aug, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-27 15:15:32 +1000