2nd semester Wednesday morning                                    (Min. No. 8)


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, surrogacy, euthanasia, abortion, 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.


DT1000Y Introduction to Moral Theology or equivalent

Learning Outcomes

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 moral issues
  5. present a cogent and sustained argument for a position taken on a specified issue.


Level 2: 1500 word tutorial paper (30%); 2500 word essay (70%)

Level 3: 1500 word tutorial paper (30%); 3500 word essay (70%)


* = set texts recommended for purchase

Callahan, Daniel. The Roots of Bioethics: Health, Progress, Technology, Death. Oxford Uni Press: Oxford / New York, 2012.

Curran, Charles E. History and Contemporary Issues: Studies in Moral Theology. New York: Continuum, 1996.

Curran, Charles E., and Richard A. McCormick, eds. Readings in Moral Theology. Vols 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 13. New York: Paulist, 1979 – 2003.

Francis. Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel: Apostolic Exhortation. Frederick, MD: The 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.