Fundamental Moral Theology


Semester 1, 2020
Monday 10.00am – 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 Date

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


BS1001C, BS1002CCT1100C, CT1110C


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


  • one 1,000-word paper 30%
  • one 2,500-word research essay 40%
  • one 1-hour written examination (1,000 words) 30%


  • Astorga, Christiana A. Catholic Moral Theology and Social Ethics: A New Method. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2014.
  • Connolly, Hugh. Sin. New York: Continuum, 2002.
  • Curran, Charles E., and Lisa A. Fullam, eds. The Sensus Fidelium and Moral Theology. Readings in Moral Theology 18. New York: Paulist, 2017.
  • 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.
  • Keenan, James F. A History of Catholic Moral Theology in the Twentieth Century: From Confessing Sins to Liberating Consciences. London: Continuum, 2010. 
  • Lamoureux, Patricia, and Paul J. Wadell. The Christian Moral Life: Faithful Discipleship for a Global Society Theology in Global Perspective. Edited by Peter C. Phan. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2010.
  • MacNamara, Vincent. The Call To Be Human: Making Sense of Morality. Dublin: Veritas, 2010.
  • O’Neil, Kevin J., and Peter Black. The Essential Moral Handbook: A Guide to Catholic Living. Rev. ed. Liguori: Liguori, 2006.