Elective Unit                                        (Min. No. 8)

2nd semester Wednesday 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.

One foundational unit in Moral Theology or its 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 that will be given during the course.

2000 word tutorial paper (30%); 4000 word essay (70%); or for those not opting to do the tutorial presentation a 6000-word research essay (100%)

BIBLIOGRAPHY * = set texts recommended for purchase
Callahan, Daniel, The Roots of Bioethics: Health, Progress, Technology, Death. Oxford Uni Press: Oxford , New York, 2012.

Jonsen, Albert R., Robert M. Veatch and Walters, LeRoy., Editors. 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.

Pope Francis. Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel. Apostolic Exhortation. Frederick, MD: The Word Among Us Press, 2013.

Williams, Oliver F. 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.