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Major

Ethics (Theology)

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A complementary major is taken in addition to a student’s main program. There is no direct admission in a complementary program; the choice is made after admission and registration in a bachelor program.

Compulsory Courses (12 credits)

  • PHI2154 Moral Philosophy
  • THO2189 Introduction to Theology
  • THO2315 Ethics and the Human Person
  • THO3166 Moral Existence

Optional Courses (30 credits)

Thirty credits from (at least six 4000 level credits):

  • PHI2182 Human Existence
  • THO2147 Selected Topics in Ethics I
  • THO3155 Selected Topics in Ethics II
  • THO3168 Christian Spirituality
  • THO4104 Sexual Ethics
  • THO4105 Social and Political Ethics
  • THO4106 Bioethics
  • THO4107 Humanity: Creature and Creator
  • THO4108 Grace and Christian Existence
  • THO4109 Sin and the Question of Evil
  • THO4124 Feminist Ethics
  • THO4127 Economics and Ethics
  • Or any PHI or THO 3000 level course approved by the Faculty of Theology

PHI 2154 - Moral Philosophy

Survey of the major ethical systems in the Western world. Relationship between philosophical and religious thinking in ethical matters. Fundamental questions facing contemporary moral consciousness.

PHI 2154 and PHI 2174 are mutually exclusive. PHI 2154 was previously under course code PHI 3183.

PHI 2182 - Human Existence

Essential dimensions of human existence. Its specificity with regard to the world around it. Openness to the religious realm, self awareness, reason, political life, relation to others, relationship to the world of nature.

THO 2147 - Selected Topics in Ethics I

Study of a particular area of ethics.

THO 2315 - Ethics and the Human Person

What is ethics? Introduction to the key ethical ideas that shape our lives. Ethical riches of the Christian tradition to understand ourselves and our responsibilities to other persons.

THO 3155 - Selected Topics in Ethics II

Study of a particular area of ethics.

Prerequisite: THO 3166.

THO 3166 - Moral Existence

Introduction to the field of ethics within theology. Historical development of ethical approaches within theology. Constitutive elements of moral existence. Moral existence and Christian faith.

THO 3168 - Christian Spirituality

Nature of Christian spirituality, its definition and its foundations. Major periods and movements of Christian spirituality. Importance of spirituality for theological reflection.

THO 4104 - Sexual Ethics

Meaning of human sexuality. Sexuality understood in terms of personal growth. Discernment of moral values in sexual behaviour.

Prerequisite: THO 3166.

THO 4105 - Social and Political Ethics

Human being as personal and social being. Respect for human rights. Freedom in the socio-political context. Society as the milieu of personal growth.

Prerequisite: THO 3166.

THO 4106 - Bioethics

Respect for human life. Right to physical integrity. Genetics. Abortion. Euthanasia.

Prerequisite: THO 3166.

THO 4107 - Humanity: Creature and Creator

Christian anthropology. Responsibility and freedom of the human person as co-creator. Relationship between creation and redemption. Creation and a scientific world view. Ecology and theology.

Prerequisite: THO 3162.

THO 4108 - Grace and Christian Existence

Divine grace and human freedom. Historical development of the theology of grace. Christian existence as faith, hope, and love. God’s presence in the world and in the human person. Contemporary challenges.

Prerequisite: THO 3162.

THO 4109 - Sin and the Question of Evil

Sin: personal, social, and original. Conversion. Finitude, culpability. The anthropological and Christian significance of suffering, death, and evil.

Prerequisite: THO 3166.

THO 4124 - Feminist Ethics

An introduction to ethics from feminist perspectives. Historical background to feminist approaches to ethics; introduction to feminist analysis; approaches within feminist ethics; Christianity and feminist ethics; Christian praxis as foundational to ethics; the social, cultural, and political dimensions of ethics; specific issues arising in contemporary discussions.

Prerequisite: THO 3166.

THO 4127 - Economics and Ethics

Destination of goods. Welfare and the promotion of the individual. Types of alienated and alienating economies. Proposal for a humanistic economy.

Prerequisite: THO 3166.