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: DT9014Y

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


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

Unit sequence

One unit in Moral Theology or equivalent.


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


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

2500-word essay (40%) from a choice of a page of topics

2500 40.0

3,500-word essay (60%), choosing one of a page of topics.

3500 60.0

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