MR 342 - No Escaping Fundamental Questions

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Module Level

8 (Undergraduate)

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Time Allowance

Lectures: 24 hours Tutorials: 3 hours


Exam: 60 % Continuous assessment: 40 %

Module Aims

“No one can escape from the fundamental questions: What must I do? How do I distinguish good from evil?” Veritatis Splendor, 2. Yet by way of these questions, important moral foundations are disclosed. By attending to the process of moral reflection, the aims of this module are as follows: to appreciate the operation of fundamental dynamics of human action and reflection; to recognise the principles moving moral discourse, and to employ a Christian perspective in a deliberation towards action.

Indicative Syllabus:

  • The human desire for happiness and the goal of morality 
  • A Moral typography 
  • The identification and scope of moral norms
  • The praxis of evil and grace
  • Understanding Conscience and its proper role   
  • Contemporary debates in methodology 

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the dynamic of moral reasoning and action
  • Explain of the theological and human sources of moral reflection
  • Relate the principles and practices of moral theology to particular cases
  • Identify contemporary debates in method in moral theology