This unit involves the content areas of Sacraments, Morality and Justice. Within the framework of the unit, students are challenged to consider the meaning of sacramental and moral life within the Catholic Tradition and the implications for living as followers of Christ. The methodology will invite students into dialogue with the Catholic theological tradition to enable the development of knowledge and understanding in these content areas. Specifically, the unit explores the fundamental principles of sacramental theology in the context of particular sacraments understanding them as constitutive of Christian identity living in a pluralistic world. The unit explores the Christian understanding of the human person as fundamental to Christian moral life, moral conscience and its formation, the essential relationship of moral life to personal prayer and liturgical celebration and provides an introduction to Catholic Social Teaching as a basis for exploring justice in the world.

Unit code: CT9606C

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the sacramental life of the Church community as giving expression to the experience of God


Engage in critical dialogue with the Catholic Moral Tradition across a range of themes pertaining to human flourishing


Demonstrate an integrated understanding of the theological, liturgical and pastoral dimensions of the sacraments


Critically examine informed theological reflection on moral issues within the framework of understanding Christian moral life as the lived expression of the following of Christ


Develop in a rigorous and sustained manner an essay that demonstrates a capacity to engage with the sources and methodologies of the Catholic Theological Tradition

Unit sequence

This Unit is part of the GCTRE. Prerequisite units are introductory units in Scripture and Theology.


The pedagogical approaches in this unit include interactive-mode lectures, exploratory workshops, seminars on pre-prepared material, online resources and lecturer mentoring with individual students.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Astorga, Christina A. Catholic Moral Theology and Social Ethics: A New Method. Maryknoll: Orbis, 2014.
  • Francis. Laudato Sì. Encyclical Letter 2015. Strathfield: St Pauls Publications, 2015.
  • Hession, Anne, and Patricia Kieran, eds. Exploring Theology: Making Sense of the Catholic Tradition. Dublin: Veritas, 2007.
  • Heyer, Kristin E. Kinship Across Borders: A Christian Ethic of Immigration. Washington: Georgetown University Press. 2012.
  • Hill, Brennan R. Exploring Catholic Theology: God, Jesus Christ, Church and Sacraments. Mystic: Twenty-Third Publications, 1995.
  • Lamoureux, Patricia, and Paul J. Wadell. The Christian Moral Life: Faithful Discipleship for a Global Society. Edited by Peter C. Phan. Theology in Global Perspective. Maryknoll: Orbis, 2010.
  • Noll, Ray R. Sacraments: A New Understanding for a New Generation. Mystic: Twenty-Third Publications, 1999.
  • Ogbonnaya, Joseph. “The Prospect of Humanising Development Discourse in Africa Through Christian Anthropology.” HTS Teologiese Studies 72, no. 4 (2016).
  • O'Neil, Kevin, and Peter Black. The Essential Moral Handbook: A Guide to Catholic Living. Rev. ed. Liguori: Liguori, 2006.
  • Osborne, Kenan B. Sacramental Theology: A General Introduction. New York: Paulist Press, 1998.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay (2,300 words)

2300 35.0
Document Study

Document Study (1,200 words)

1200 15.0

Essay (2,300 words)

2300 35.0
Document Study

Document Study (1,200 words)

1200 15.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 9 Aug, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:49 +1000