Fundamental Moral Theology

Foundational Unit

Semester 1, 2020
Monday 10.00 – 1.00pm
Semester 2, 2020
Monday 6.00pm – 9.00pm
In the light of Vatican II, this unit considers Moral Theology as a theological science. It provides a survey of the history of moral theology, examines the sources of moral knowledge for the Christian, explores the interrelationships between moral theology, scripture, Christology, ecclesiology and Christian anthropology. On the basis of such understanding this unit examines moral conscience in the Catholic tradition. Other topics such as Sin, Conversion, Liturgical prayer and the concept of Discipleship are considered within the context of Christian moral life.

Census Dates

  • Semester 1: Tuesday 17 March
  • Semester 2: Tuesday 18 August  


CT8010C and either BS8001C or BS8002C are highly recommended


face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


  • one 1,000-word essay 20%
  • one 3,000-word essay 50%
  • one 2,000-word essay 30% 


  • Curran, Charles E. and Richard McCormick, eds. Conscience. Readings in Moral Theology 14. New York: Paulist, 2004.
  • Gula, Richard M. The Good Life: Where Morality and Spirituality Converge. New York: Paulist, 1999.
  • Harrington, Daniel J., and James F Keenan. Jesus and Virtue Ethics: Building Bridges Between New Testament Studies and Moral Theology. Lanham MD: Sheed & Ward, 2002.
  • Hays, Richard. The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation: A Contemporary Introduction to New Testament Ethics. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1996.
  • John Paul, II. Veritatis Splendor. Encyclical Letter. 1993.
  • Keating, James, ed. Moral Theology: New Directions and Fundamental Issues. New York: Paulist, 2004.
  • Mahoney, John. The Making of Moral Theology: A Study of the Roman Catholic Tradition. The Martin D’Arcy Memorial Lectures 1981–82. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987.
  • O’Neil, Kevin J., and Peter Black. The Essential Moral Handbook: A Guide to Catholic Living. Rev. ed. Liguori: Liguori, 2006.
  • Pinckaers, Servais. The Sources of Christian Ethics. Translated by Mary T. Noble. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 1995.