Curriculum Objectives

This unit enables the graduate student to critically explore central methodological issues in Christian ethics, and introduces students to theological reflection on the ethical aspects of Christian life and discipleship.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit of study, students will be able to:

  • distinguish and clarify the sources of Christian ethics
  • explain the central concepts and principles in Christian ethics
  • evaluate the key developments in the history of Christian ethics
  • access and use a broad selection of Christian ethics literature, and
  • evaluate current ethical issues on the basis of the various elements of Christian moral reasoning.

Assumed Knowledge 

T8106 and B8101

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week session, 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.


Rev Dr Thomas Ryan sm

Teaching methods

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

Indicative Assessment

At the Institute we use a range of assessment tasks, including essays, research papers, online posts, critical reflections, projects and praxis exercises. Within a unit of study each set of assessment tasks is designed as an integral part of your learning experience. These tasks vary across units and programs. All assessment tasks are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework level appropriate for graduate awards.