What is the good life? How do and should we make moral judgments? These questions are investigated through understanding what Orthodox theological reasoning contributes to ethical deliberation. Working from scriptural, liturgical, and theological sources, the unit asks what significance beliefs about key theological themes such as the doctrine of the Triune God, Christology, and theological anthropology, have for theological ethics.
A range of models for ethical decision making are considered in the light of these theological resources.

Unit code: DT8909A (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Moral Theology

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate a critical understanding of the ethical significance of the sources of Orthodox Christian ethics


Evaluate and communicate key concepts in Orthodox Christian ethics.


Articulate an analysis of the concept of the ‘good life’ according to Orthodox Christian ethics.


Demonstrate an evaluation of contemporary ethical issues in the light of key concepts of Orthodox Christian ethics.


Demonstrate the capacity to research a specific topic in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner.

Unit sequence

no prerequisites


Mixed mode (lecture, seminar, discussion fora, blended learning)


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay 2800 40.0
Essay 4200 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 21 May, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-06-17 10:41:17 +1000