This unit considers ethics in a pluralist society. It offers an introduction to the principal theories of ethics such as utilitarianism, divine command ethics, basic goods theory. It explores the themes of Christian faith and ethics, Christian anthropology, and the sources of moral knowledge. These themes in turn give rise to consideration of the role of human experience, scripture, narrative, emotions, and worship, within contemporary Christian ethics. Further themes include an introduction to moral conscience, virtue, character and discipleship in the context of Christian ethics. The implications of these theoretical issues are considered in relation to their application to specific ethical issues.

Unit Code: DT3000P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Moral Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate and critically compare the principal theories of Christian ethics


Apply Christian ethical methods to contemporary case studies


Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each theory of ethics


Construct an account of the relationship between Christian faith and contemporary ethics

Unit sequence

15 points of Biblical Studies and 15 points of Systematic Theology


Lectures and Tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

2500 word essay

2500 50.0
Case Study

2500 word case study

2500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-27 10:14:27 +1000