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: DT9000P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Moral Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal theories of Christian ethics


Apply Christian ethical methods to contemporary case studies


Appraise the strengths and weaknesses of each theory of ethics


Discuss the relationship between Christian faith and contemporary ethics


Integrate theoretical knowledge and research skills in a rigorous and critical study of one major issue in Christian ethics.

Unit sequence

30 points of Foundational Study in Biblical Studies and 30 points of Foundational Study in Systematic Theology


Lectures and Tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

6000 word essay

6000 100.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-27 14:36:36 +1000