This unit aims to build on the introductory unit in Moral Theology by exploring Church Teaching and Pastoral Response in relation to a range of issues currently discussed in social and political forums; for example issues relating to 'a Christian theology of the body', Communion for divorced and invalidly married couples, life and death, bioethics, justice and peace, environment, economics. Consideration will also be given to reflection on what is an appropriate role for the Church in public discourse.

Unit Code: DT9011Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Moral Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Understand and explain the nature and purpose of Catholic Church teaching relating to contemporary moral issues


Critique 'secular' and 'church' stances taken on contemporary moral issues in the public forum


Engage in dialogue using Christian ethical methodology in current discussions on contemporary moral issues


Analyse and evaluate complex moral issues arising in particular case situations


Present a cogent and sustained argument for a position taken on a specified issue


Engage critically with a non-academic audience in presenting Church teaching on contemporary moral issues

Unit sequence

One foundational unit in moral theology or its equivalent.


Input from lecturer (powerpoint / video) class participation through tutorial, discussion, debate, Q&A guest speakers student reading, research, tutorial presentation, essay


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Tutorial Paper 3500 words plus Essay 3500 words


Essay 7000 words

7000 100.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-21 14:42:28 +1100