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Foundations in Theological Ethics

Unit overview and content

This unit is an advanced study in the discipline of theological ethics. Its key question will be: to what extent does an individual or a group's theology influence their answer to the question, what must I do? The unit will examine responses to this question, including those from important philosophers and theologians throughout the ages. The unit will culminate by providing students with the opportunity to explore contemporary issues of ethical importance and applying their skills in the discipline of moral theology and ethical reasoning to the exploration of these issues in a critical manner. The unit will include a strong focus on theological ethics within the Catholic tradition, but will also consider broad and diverse perspectives throughout.

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of:

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures.
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments. 

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Online Debate (30%)
  • Compare and Contrast Essay (30%)
  • Major Reseach Essay (40%)
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