MR 129 - Introduction to Christian Ethics: Roots, Renewal and Relevance for Today

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Module Level

8 (Undergraduate)

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Time Allowance

Lectures: 24 Hours Tutorials: 3 Tutorials Private Study: 24 Hours


Continuous Assessment: 40% End of Semester Examination: 60%

Module Aims

  • To explore some of the factors that shape the current moral landscape.
  • To understand more fully the sources of moral wisdom available within the Christian tradition
  • To critique the ways in which we make moral decisions and consider some of the factors affecting human decision-making
  • To demonstrate the relevance the Christian moral message has in today’s world
  • To consider the application of the above to specific moral issues such as ecology, climate justice and social justice.

Learning Outcomes

  • Will be familiar with the sources of moral wisdom used within the Catholic tradition
  • Will recognise the major approaches to moral decision making
  • Will display an understanding of the key historical moments in the renewal in Catholic theological ethics
  • Will be able to apply the above to specific issues such as war and climate justice


  • Richard Gula, Reason Informed by Faith, (New York: Paulist Press, 1989).
  • Vincent MacNamara, The Call to be Human: Making Sense of Morality, (Dublin: Veritas, 2010).
  • Patrick Hannon (ed.), Moral Theology: A Reader, (Dublin: Veritas, 2006).
  • Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 2015. Available at:
  • Donal Dorr, Option for the Poor and for the Earth: From Leo XIII to Pope Francis, (New York: Orbis, 2016).