The unit will examine a broad range of approaches to the use of the Bible in ethics. A number of case studies will illustrate the diversity of biblical material as it relates to particular ethical topics (such as war, reconciliation, human rights, wealth and poverty, abortion, ecology, and sexuality). In exploring hermeneutical analogies, consideration will be given to the similarities and differences between biblical cultures and our own multicultural contexts. Attention will also be paid to the ways in which Biblical models and interpretation may play a role in public life.

Unit Code: BS3020W

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Biblical Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate the differences between a range of hermeneutical approaches


Demonstrate an understandig of the diversity of biblical ethics


Reflect critically on the cultural dimensions of hermeneutics


Analyze the key issues at stake in a particular ethical case study


Assess approaches to ethical questions for the local church and other ministry contexts

Unit sequence

36 points in Field B; 18 points in Systematic Theology


12 weekly sessions, requiring online participation. Each session consists of lecturer’s input, guided reading, additional suggested resources, and tutorial tasks requiring critical reflection and peer interaction.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

Exegetical essay 2000 words

2000 40.0

Essay 2000 words

2000 40.0
Critical Review

Critical reviews (x5)

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-09 14:51:53 +1100