An examination of bioethical issues from the standpoint of Christian theology, generating dialogue between Christian theology and secular bioethics. Issues covered include euthanasia, abortion, IVF, suffering and justice.
This interdisciplinary paper offers the opportunity to discuss a range of contemporary bioethical issues from the standpoint of Christian theology and to bring the approaches of secular bioethics and Christian theology into dialogue.
|Paper title||Special Topic: Bioethics and Christian Theology (Advanced)|
|Subject||Christian Thought and History|
|Points||18 points 18 points|
|Teaching period(s)||Summer School, Summer School|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$868.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,656.70|
- 18 200-level points
- CHTX 317
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Theology
- May not be credited together with CHTH 217 passed in 2018.
- Course outline
- View the course outline for CHTH 317
- Academic Liaison: Professor Paul Trebilco
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Theology and Religion's websites: www.otago.ac.nz/theology or www.otago.ac.nz/religion
- Teaching staff
- Lecturers: Dr André Müller (Theology and Religion) and Dr Simon Walker (Bioethics Centre)
- Paper Structure
- This paper will be comprised of 6 modules:
- The History of Bioethics
- Abortion, IVF and the Sanctity of Life
- Autonomy and the Theological Conception of the Person
- Conceptions of Suffering and Health
- Essay of 2,000 words (20%)
- Essay of 2,500 words (30%)
- Two-hour exam (50%)
- Teaching Arrangements
- On campus: Four hours of lectures per week, plus a tutorial
Distance: Four videoconferenced lectures per week. Recordings will be available for those who cannot attend live.
- Textbooks are not required for this course. A course book is available.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
- At the end of this paper students will be able to:
- Articulate a response to a range of issues in contemporary society from the perspective of secular bioethics and Christian theology
- Discuss the ways in which the approaches to contemporary issues from the perspectives of secular bioethics and Christian theology are compatible and the ways in which they are different or conflicting
- Critique a range of historical positions adopted on bioethical issues facing contemporary society
- Outline tools and practices that enable constructive debate to occur on contemporary issues from various perspectives
- Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different standpoints that lie behind approaches to ethical issues espoused within both secular bioethics and Christian theology