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.
Demonstrate skills in reading texts and interpreting contexts for the development of various theories within just war traditions
Describe and critically evaluate interpretations of the just war tradition
Present in written form a critical appreciation of key debates about moral dilemmas in the face of violence and war
Articulate how the churches and Christian thought can advance peace, and constrain outbreaks of violence and war
Propose processes by which 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
One unit in Moral Theology or equivalent.
Lectures, class discussion, essay writing, use of online media.
2500-word essay (40%) from a choice of a page of topics
3,500-word essay (60%), choosing one of a page of topics.
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2014
Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-27 14:57:29 +1000