Students undertaking this unit will consider the question “What is the good life?” This question will be investigated through key Orthodox Christian theological foundations of the Trinity, the person of Christ, and Christian Anthropology, using the sources of Orthodox Christian ethics which include the Scriptures, Coptic liturgy, patristic writings and contemporary writers. Three models of ethical decision making; Deontological ethics, Utilitarianism, and Virtue ethics will be briefly covered with a close look at Virtue ethics and how this is understood in Orthodox praxis.

Unit Code: DT1900A

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Moral Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify and describe the sources of Orthodox Christian ethics.


Explain the key concepts of Orthodox Christian ethics.


Reflect and describe the ‘good life’ according to key concepts of Orthodox Christian ethics.


Identify the principles of Virtue ethics as found in Orthodox Christianity.


Discuss contemporary ethical issues in the light of key concepts of Orthodox Christian ethics.

Unit sequence

Introductory Biblical unit Introductory Theology unit


Weekly lectures and class tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay 1500 words

1500 40.0

Essay 2500 words

2500 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-27 07:46:33 +1000