EL 249/TH 251 Good and Evil (I) Understanding The Experience

Module Level

Level 8 (2nd year undergraduate)


Continuous Assessment: 100% o The final paper for each semester will be a portfolio comprised of: o 3 papers in response to three of the units = 50% o 1 Synthesis paper which must reference all the units = 50% o Attendance will be taken, and taken into account

Module Aims

To consider questions raised by the human experience of good and evil, and how it may impact understandings of God, humanity, ethics, and social issues of crime, punishment and reconciliation.

Module Structure: This module is interdisciplinary, delivered by members of the Departments of Law, Philosophy and Theology. It is comprised of six units. Each unit, delivered over four classes, focuses on another aspect of the question. The fourth class will be an integrative seminar where students are encouraged to identify themes, questions, and interactions between the disciplines.

Indicative Syllabus: Understanding the Experience of Good and Evil from the perspective of: The Search for Meaning as we Live Together; Origin Accounts and Creation Myths; Descriptions of the human person; Morality and Belief; Legal regulation of human behaviour.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of this module the student shall be able to
  • Recognise key questions relevant to the theme of good and evil
  • Identify how the theme can be explored in art, literature and sacred texts
  • Characterise how visions of the human person come to bear on the question
  • Discuss social and legal efforts to direct behaviour and punish evil.


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