THL581 Religious And Values Education: Philosophical & Ethical Enquiry (16)


This subject explores in depth philosophical and religious perspectives on contemporary moral issues. It will provide students with the knowledge and skills to address these issues in a classroom context. The subject is designed to encourage students to think critically and apply principles of moral theology to topical issues relating to justice and global responsibility, the environment, business and medical ethics, war and conflict.

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Session 1
DistanceCanberra Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Theology

Assumed Knowledge

THL470, THL471, THL472, THL473, THL474, and THL479. For Master of Ministry Students, this subject requires that you have an understanding of curriculum development. MMin students must demonstrate a requisite knowledge of this field prior to enrolling in any RaVE subjects.

Enrolment restrictions

Master of Arts (Religious and Values Education) and Master of Ministry students only.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss critically contrasting ethical approaches and traditions, e.g., recent developments in ethical theory, biblical perspectives, Natural Law, Virtue Ethics, comparative religious ethics
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of theories of justice, including liberal theory, challenges to liberalism and the distinctive Christian approaches to justice
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the contemporary environmental debate, the philosophical claims that are made and the distinctive religious responses
  • be able to articulate critically the challenges of business ethics in a global context, philosophies of business and religious responses
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the traditional sanctity of life ethic and challenges from secular philosophy
  • be able to discuss critically the contemporary debates concerning the beginning and end of life, and the moral/legal distinctions that are made, e.g., acts and omissions, ordinary and extraordinary means, the principle of double effect
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of conceptions of peace and violence and traditions of pacifism
  • be able to discuss and understand critically the origins and development of the Just War theory and its relevance today
  • be able to demonstrate communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional implications to colleagues and students


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Theological perspectives and ethical frameworks
  • The Sanctity of Life - Contemporary Challenges
  • Ethical issues at the end of life
  • The moral and legal status of the embryo
  • Reproductive ethics
  • Social and ethical issues in human genetics
  • Conceptions of peace and violence
  • Pacifism and non-violence
  • Just War Theory
  • The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st century


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.