Elective unit (Min. No. 8)
2nd semester: Tuesday morning
This unit aims to build on the introductory unit in moral theology by exploring a range of important theories and practical issues in moral theology today. The areas to be explored include issues such as major trends in contemporary theological ethics, authority in the Church and the problem of theological dissent, moral issues concerning human life, reproductive technologies, abortion, surrogacy, euthanasia, the Church’s role in the arena of politics and public life, problems of divorce/remarriage, the public agenda on gay/lesbian marriage/union, human migration, corporate social responsibility, and capital punishment.
PREREQUISITES: one foundational unit in Moral Theology or equivalent
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. critique the key literature, both secular and religious, on a number of current ethical questions
2. identify the foundations and developments in the Catholic tradition regarding its positions on a range of ethical issues
3. critically evaluate the ethical positions of both secular and religious sources on a chosen topic
4. apply Christian ethical methodology to current debates on key ethical issues
5. present a cogent and sustained argument for a position taken on a specified issue
6. use prime sources for a research essay, present their positions accurately, and critique them
7. analyse and evaluate practical and complex moral questions from human experience in case studies that will be given during the course
Tutorial presentation 2000 word paper (30%); 4000 word major essay (70%)
Or for those not opting to do the tutorial presentation a 6000 word research essay (100%)
BIBLIOGRAPHY *set text recommended for purchase
Callahan, Daniel. The Roots of Bioethics: Health, Progress, Technology, Death. Oxford: OUP, 2012.
Francis. Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel. Apostolic Exhortation. Frederick, MD: Word Among Us Press, 2013.
Jonsen, Albert R., Robert M. Veatch, and LeRoy Walters, eds. Sourcebook in Bioethics: A Documentary History. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1998.
Kasper, Walter. Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2014.
Kass, Leon R. Life, Liberty and the Defense of Dignity: The Challenge for Bioethics. San Francisco, CA: Encounter Books, 2002.
*Noonan, John T. A Church that Can and Cannot Change. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2005.
Williams, Oliver F., ed. Peace Through Commerce: Responsible Corporate Citizenship and the Ideals of the United Nations Global Compact. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2008.
———. Corporate Social Responsibility: The Role of Business in Sustainable Development. New York: Routledge, 2014.
Lecturer: PHILIP MALONE MSC