This unit has a threefold purpose. Drawing on scripture and Catholic theological tradition, the unit aims to provide a framework for understanding the nature and place of moral decision making in Christian living. It will explore methods and strategies for teaching Christian morality in Catholic schools, provide opportunities for teachers to integrate their study of the scriptures, tradition and the sacraments into their own faith and professional development. Areas to be studied include the meaning of Christian morality in the light of the Jesus event, sources of moral knowledge, human freedom, sin and redemption, conscience formation, the meaning and function of Church authority, and a strategy for making moral decisions in dialogue with Church teachings

Unit code: DT8604Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 16.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Moral Theology

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Understand the sources of, and methods employed, in Catholic moral teachings and the Catholic moral tradition


Discuss current moral issues objectively, critically, and intelligently


critique different perspectives on contemporary moral issues


Identify the process of moral decision making in regard to current ethical questions for teachers and students in Catholic schools


Apply Catholic moral methodology to the making of Christian moral choices for teachers and students in Catholic schools


Communicate in an age appropriate manner with students about the importance and relevance for living of making (Christian) moral choices

Unit sequence

Follows on from first year of GCTRE


The pedagogical method employed in this unit include lectures, use of films and videos, student participations in discussions on contemporary moral questions and case analyses

Indicative Bibliography

  • Chan Yiu Sing Lúcás. The Ten Commandments and The Beatitudes: Biblical Studies and Ethics for Real Life. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012.

  • Curran, Charles, ed. Conscience. Readings in Moral Theology, No. 14. New York: Paulist Press, 2004.

  • Curran, Charles, and Lisa Fullam, eds. Ethics and Spirituality. Readings in Moral Theology, No. 17. New York: Paulist Press, 2014.

  • Gula, Richard. Call to Holiness:Embracing a Fully Christian Life. New York: Paulist Press, 2003.

  • Kasper, Walter. Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2014

  • Lamoureux, Patricia, and Paul J. Wadell. The Christian Moral Life: Faithful Discipleship for a Global Society. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2010.

  • Mattison, William C. III. Introducing Moral Theology: True Happiness and the Virtues. Grand Rapids. MI: Brazos Press, 2008.

  • Moloney, Francis J. Broken for You: Jesus Christ, The Priesthood, and the Word of God. Bayswater, Vic: Coventry Press, 2018.

  • O’Neill, Kevin J. and Peter Black, The Essential Moral Handbook: A Guide to Catholic Living. Liguori, MO: Liguori Publications, 2003.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper 1500 40.0
Essay 2500 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 4 Sep, 2020

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