THL451 Ethical and Theological Issues in Ageing (8)


This subject has as its starting point the individual and societal experience of ageing in a twenty-first century context. Students will critically reflect on the theological concepts that Christian, other religious traditions and humanistic approaches bring to a consideration of ageing. In this pluralist theological and philosophical context a range of ethical issues associated with ageing in contemporary life are examined critically.

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Session 2
DistanceCanberra Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Theology

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the theological and ethical dimensions of ageing in contemporary society;
- be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of theological anthropology and the meaning of human life, embodiment, ageing and death;
- be able to articulate approaches to ageing in Christian, non-Christian and humanistic traditions;
- be able to analyse critically issues associated with ageing with reference to theological and ethical concepts and methods; and
- be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the complex human, scientific, theological and ethical dimensions of the ageing process.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- societal attitudes towards ageing - ethical issues of ageism - theological anthropology and the meaning of human life, embodiment, ageing and death - ageing in various philosophical traditions - contemporary theologies of human ageing - issues of justice in ageing - age as a criterion for health related decision making and distribution of scarce resources: a pastoral care perspective - theological and ethical aspects of institutional and other forms of care for older persons - quality-of-life issues in an era of chronic illness - theological challenges and ethical issues in the care of persons with dementia - the virtues and vices of old age


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.