Ethics 2

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
COURSE UNIT 235 - 8235

UNIT DESCRIPTION

The unit builds upon the level 4 unit by applying the lessons learned to specific matters of classical and contemporary debate.  Topics covered include war and peace, wealth and poverty, life and death, human personhood, and environmental ethics.  Students are encouraged to apply a distinctive Christian approach by critically engaging in debate with alternative perspectives; this is encouraged through class debate and written ethical reflection.

Aims

To critically engage with classical and contemporary debates in the field of ethics, bringing the foundations laid in unit 134 Ethics 1 to bear on an analysis of these contested areas.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Category of outcome

By the end of this unit students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

·      Demonstrate an ability to apply a distinctive Christian ethical perspective to contemporary social and ethical problems

·      Engage in constructive debate with those who hold differing views on matters of ethics

Intellectual skills

·      Critically engage with differing perspectives on matters of ethical debate

Practical and Transferable skills; Personal qualities

·      Apply key methods and concepts of theological and ethical analysis

·      Articulate a distinctive ethical perspective in the context of theological reflection

·      Make and defend their own ethical decisions

Assessment:

Assessment task

Length

Weighting within unit

Formative:    

 

500 words

2000 words

 

n/a

n/a

·         235:

·         8235:

An assignment plan

An essay

Summative:

 

2500 words

 

2000 words

 

 

100%

 

100%

Pass/fail*

·         235:

 

·         8235:

A written essay or ethical reflection

An essay

and a learning journal*

 

* Distance learning students are required to pass this element. So long as this element has been passed, they will be eligible for compensation if the overall unit mark is within the compensation zone (30-39%), and the compensatable credit allowance as set out in the Degree Regulations has not been exceeded.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Semester

 

Available on which programme(s)?

BA in Theology

Content

t.b.c.

Teaching method

Interactive lectures

Additional eLearning content

Unit materials are available at Spurgeon’s Online to support student learning

Feedback

Written feedback to students within 15 working days from submission

Date of approval (for office use)

 

Information updated on

30.11.2015

 

Indicative reading

Banner, M., Christian ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999)

Colwell, John E., Living the Christian Story (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2001)

Cronin, Kieran, Rights and Christian Ethics (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1992)

Gill, R. (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Christian Ethics (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2001)

Gorringe, Timothy J., God’s Just Vengeance. Crime, violence and the rhetoric of salvation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)

Hauerwas, Stanley, and S. Wells (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006).

Hays, Richard B., The Moral Vision of the New Testament (Edinburgh, T&T Clark, 1996)

MacIntyre, A., After Virtue. A study in moral theory. 2nd edn (London: Duckworth, 1985)

Thatcher, A. (ed.), Celebrating Christian Marriage (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 2001)

Wells, S., and B. Quash, Introducing Christian Ethics (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)

Wells, S., Christian Ethics. An introductory reader (Oxford: Wiley- Blackwell, 2010)

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Ethics 2

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
Course Unit 235 - 8235

Credits:

10

Level:

4

Hours of Learning:

100

Tutor:

Dr Graham J. Watts and Dr Joshua T. Searle

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