This unit will assess major theories of ethical action and ethical character in contemporary Christian contexts. Students will consider theories of Christian character, what it is to think and reason ethically, and how theories of Christian ethics are applied in current Christian ethical discourse. Selected controverted issues will be examined in the light of ethical theories studied.

Unit Code: DT9194B

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Moral Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning Outcomes


Critically assess major theories of ethical action and Christian character.


Evaluate the “Wesleyan quadrilateral” as a methodology for Christian ethics.


Demonstrate an understanding of the debates around major themes in contemporary Christian ethics.


Critically apply ethical theories and method to argue positions on contemporary ethical issues.


Develop a research paper that demonstrates an understanding of and a sustained capacity to engage with major ethical theories within the context of Christian ethics.


Lecturers, seminars, workshops.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

2,500 word seminar paper

2500 40.0

4,500 word essay

4500 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Jul, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-20 10:43:41 +1000