Taking its direction from Scripture and Church Tradition, this unit explores the essential components for understanding and appreciating Moral Theology as a theological discipline, and its integration with Systematic Theology, Philosophy, Church History, Pastoral Ministry and Church Law. Particular emphasis is given to the principles and processes for making responsible moral choices as a Christian in the context of everyday life.

Unit code: DT8000Y (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Moral Theology

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Outline the development of universal ethics, western moral philosophy and the Judeo-Christian moral tradition


Demonstrate understanding of the sources, tradition and principles of Catholic Moral Theology


Explain clearly the key moral concepts of conscience, conversion, discipleship, reconciliation, and other fundamental concepts of Catholic Moral Theology


Display an ability to apply Catholic moral principles to life situations


Discourse critically on issues of current ethical concern in society and appropriate Christian moral responses to these


Lectures PowerPoint presentations weekly readings with class discussion of written reflection class and group discussion / reflection

Indicative Bibliography

  • Chan, Yiu Sing Lúcás. The Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes: Biblical Studies and Ethics for Real Life. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield / Sheed and Ward, 2012.
  • Clague, Julie., Gerard Mannion and Bernard Hoose eds. Moral Theology For the Twenty-First Century: Essays In Celebration of Kevin Kelly. UK: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd, 2011.
  • Curran, Charles. The Development of Moral Theology: Five Strands. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2013.
  • Darragh, Neil. ed. A Thinker’s Guide To Sin: Talking About Sin Today. New Zealand: Accent Publications, 2010.
  • Gascoigne, Robert. Freedom and Purpose: An Introduction to Christian Ethics. Sydney, NSW: E. J. Dwyer Press, 2005.
  • Harrington, Daniel and James Keenan. Jesus and Virtue Ethics: Building Bridges Between New Testament Studies and Moral Theology. Lanham, MD: Sheed & Ward, 2002.
  • Keenan, James. A History of Catholic Moral Theology in the Twentieth Century: From Confessing Sins to Liberating Consciences. New York: Continuum, 2010.
  • Lamoureux, Patricia and Paul Wadell. The Christian Moral Life: Faithful Discipleship For a Global Society. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2010.
  • McDonagh, Enda and Vincent MacNamara. eds. An Irish Reader in Moral Theology: The Legacy of the Last Fifty Years. Ireland: Columba Press, 2009.
  • MacNamara, Vincent. The Call To Be Human: Making Sense of Morality. Dublin: Veritas Publications, 2010.
  • Nichols, Alan. Street Called Choice: Ethical Choices for Ordinary People. Melbourne: Acorn Press, 2005.
  • Wadell, Paul. Happiness and the Christian Moral Life: An Introduction To Christian Ethics. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc, 2012.
  • Woods, Walter. Walking With Faith: New Perspectives on the Sources and Shaping of Catholic Moral Life. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2002.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay of 4,000 words Learning outcomes depend on topic chosen

4000 60.0

reflection on weekly readings (2000 words equivalent)

2000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2016

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-30 19:16:46 +1100