This unit has a threefold purpose. Drawing on scripture and Catholic theological tradition, the unit aims to provide a framework for understanding the nature and place of moral decision making in Christian living. It will explore methods and strategies for teaching Christian morality in Catholic schools, and provide opportunities for teachers to integrate their study of the scriptures, tradition and the sacraments into their own faith and professional development. Areas to be studied include the meaning of Christian morality, sources of moral knowledge, human freedom, sin and redemption, conscience formation, meaning and function of Church authority, and strategies for making moral decisions.

Unit code: DT8664Y

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Moral Theology

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


critically identify the process of moral decision making in regard to current ethical questions


articulate the Catholic moral tradition on relevant issues


apply Catholic moral methodology to the making of Christian moral choices


critique different perspectives on contemporary moral issues


communicate in an age appropriate manner with students about the importance and relevance for (Christian) living of making (Christian) moral choices


critically reflect on personal and professional learning from this unit

Unit sequence

prerequisites DR8601Y, DR8602Y, DR8603Y


Lectures, class/small group discussion, readings for reflection and discussion

Indicative Bibliography

  • Curran, Charles, ed. Conscience: Readings in Moral Theology, No. 14 New York: Paulist Press, 2004.
  • Curran, Charles, and Lisa Fullam ,eds. Ethics and Spirituality: Readings in Moral Theology, No. 17 New York: Paulist Press, 2014.
  • Gascoigne, Robert. Freedom and Purpose: An Introduction To Christian Ethics. Sydney: EJ Dwyer, 2004.
  • Groome, Thomas. What Makes Us Catholics: Eight Gifts for Life. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 2003.
  • Gula, Richard. The Way of Goodness and Holiness: A Spirituality for Pastoral Ministers. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2011.
  • Keenan, James F. Commandments of Compassion. Franklin, WI: Sheed & Ward, 1999.
  • Lamoureux, Patricia and Paul J. Wadell The Christian Moral Life: Faithful Discipleship for a Global Society, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2010.
  • McBride, Alfred, Christ Our Compass: Making Moral Choices, Cincinnati, OH: Franciscan Media, 2013;
  • Mattison, William C, III, Introducing Moral Theology: True Happiness and the Virtues, Grand Rapids, MI: Brazen Press, 2008.
  • Mordini, Tony. Ethics for Today: Analyzing Values and Beliefs. Melbourne: John Garratt Publishing, 2002.
  • Nichols, Alan. Street Called Choice: Ethical Choices for Ordinary People, Melbourne: Acorn Press, 2005.
  • Shelton, Charles. Achieving Moral Health: An Exercise Plan for Your Conscience. New York: Crossroad Publishing, 2000.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Presentation related to teaching experience

1500 40.0
Essay 2500 50.0

Integrative Exercise

500 10.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 6 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-06 12:48:13 +1000