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: DT1909A

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Moral Theology

Delivery Mode: Online

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 sessions, comprising guided reading from the set texts, additional reading resources and some notes, together with an online tutorial. Students will be expected to contribute to the discussions in each session


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 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-27 10:01:29 +1000