This unit introduces students to the specific issues related to current scientific and technological developments, explores their impact upon different spheres of life and engages with major ethical and theological responses. Students will employ the Four Voices model of Theological Action Research developed by Helen Cameron to address a variety of questions related to Artificial Intelligence, robotics, biotech, space exploration, human enhancement, Big Data, surveillance, life extension and beyond. Students will explore these issues through interdisciplinary theological reflection primarily drawing on the frameworks of consequentialist and virtue ethics.

Unit Code: DT2728B

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Moral Theology

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe trends, possibilities and utilisation of developing technologies


Assess different theological and ethical responses to emerging technologies


Develop critical skills for theological reflection


Critically engage with a variety of literature and technologies


Respond theologically to current and emerging technological advances

Unit sequence

Prerequisite unit – Introduction to Theology


Engagement with AI and emergent technologies, interdisciplinary workshops, application of pastoral cycle of theological reflection, primarily (though not exclusively) within a consequentialist and virtue ethics framework.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Oral Presentation

Presentation 1,500 words

1500 30.0

Report on Interaction with AI experiences 1,000 words

1000 20.0

Essay 2000 words

2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-13 11:18:15 +1100