This unit will explore Catholic and other Christian traditions on questions of war and peace, and their relevance for international relations and conflict resolution, especially in the context of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and religious fundamentalism. Attention will be given to the comparable just war tradition within Islam.

Unit Code: DT3014Y

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Moral Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Show competence in reading texts and interpreting contexts of various theories within just war traditions


Describe and evaluate interpretations of the just war tradition


Present in written form how just war traditions attempt to resolve issues of violence and war


Articulate how the churches and Christian thinking and action could promote peace-making, and constrain outbreaks of violence and war


Propose how religious traditions might better sustain peacemaking and reconciliation among peoples.


Illustrate the effectiveness of secular and/or religious moral traditions constraining violence in recent armed conflicts or wars.

Unit sequence

One unit in Moral Theology, DT1000Y, or equivalent.


Lectures, class discussion, essay writing, use of online media.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

2000-word essay from a choice of topics

2000 40.0

3,000-word essay from a choice of topics.

3000 60.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-27 11:00:30 +1000