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CHTH217 Special Topic: Bioethics and Christian Theology

Please note this paper is offered on the Dunedin campus and by DISTANCE.  It is also available to study at 300-level as CHTH317

Description

Both Christian Theology and Bioethics as disciplines have considered a range of controversial ethical issues that face contemporary society in the area of healthcare. In this paper the resources of both Christian Theology and Bioethics will be drawn into dialogue to enable students to approach these complex issues from new and enriching perspectives. The issues to be addressed include euthanasia, abortion, IVF and human suffering. In addition, the broader concepts of human autonomy and justice will be considered as well as the way in which these concepts connect with issues such as dementia, advance directives and health allocation to aging populations. This paper will be of interest to students of Theology who wish to consider the interface between Theology and contemporary issues debated in society and those with a background in medicine and the caring professions who want to consider these bioethical issues from the standpoint of Christian Theology.

The paper will be taught concurrently both on-campus and for distance students. This will be done via videoconferencing.

Lecturers

Dr Simon Walker and Dr Andre Muller

Course Coordinator

Professor Paul Trebilco

Prescribed Textbook

None

Assessment

1 x 1,800 word essay20%
1x 2,200 word essay30%
Final examination (2 hours)50%

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Details

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
Paper code CHTH217
Subject Christian Thought and History
EFTS 0.1500
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

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Prerequisite
36 100-level points
Restriction
CHTX 217
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Notes
May not be credited together with CHTH 317 passed in 2018.
Paper Structure
This paper will be comprised of 6 modules:
  • The History of Bioethics
  • Euthanasia
  • Abortion, IVF and the Sanctity of Life
  • Autonomy and the Theological Conception of the Person
  • Conceptions of Suffering and Health
  • Justice
Assessment:
  • Essay of 1,800 words (20%)
  • Essay of 2,200 words (30%)
  • Two-hour exam (50%)
Contact
Academic Liaison: Professor Paul Trebilco
Teaching staff
Lecturers: Dr André Müller (Theology and Religion) and Dr Simon Walker (Bioethics Centre)
Textbooks
Textbooks are not required for this paper. 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:
  1. Articulate a response to a range of issues in contemporary society from the perspective of secular bioethics and Christian theology
  2. 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
  3. Critique a range of historical positions adopted on bioethical issues facing contemporary society
  4. Outline tools and practices that enable constructive debate to occur on contemporary issues from various perspectives
Course outline
View the course outline for CHTH 217
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.

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Timetable

Summer School

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
None

Summer School

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 09:00-10:50 2-7
Wednesday 16:00-17:50 2-7

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Thursday 13:00-13:50 2-7

An investigation of the Māori religious worldview and Māori engagement with Christianity.

This paper explores Māori theology and religion from the period prior to colonisation and through Māori encounters with and adaptations of Christianity.

Paper title Special Topic: Māori Religion and Theology
Paper code CHTH217
Subject Christian Thought and History
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2019 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
36 100-level points
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Notes
May not be credited together with CHTH 317 passed in 2019.
Eligibility

Any student can study Theology, whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an exploration of what can be said about God and of the basis upon which we can say it. It requires an inquiring mind, respect for the views of others and an interest in the big questions of human existence.

Paper Structure

This paper will be taught as a one-week residential course on a marae and is comprised of five modules.

  1. Noho Marae - Beginning with:
    • Powhiri
    • Cup of Tea
    • Karakia
  2. Module One: Mātauranga Māori
    • The Structure of the Wharenui
    • The Kaupapa of the Powhiri
    • Atuatanga / Mātauranga Whakapono
    • Tapu and Noa
    • Tika, Pono, Aroha
    • Ngā Atua
    • Karakia and Waiata
  3. Module Two: The Missionary Era
    • History
    • Challenges
    • The Entanglement of Christianity and Colonialism
    • Conversion or Renegotiation?
  4. Module Three: Māori Prophets and Indigenous Churches
    • Pai Marire
    • Parihaka
    • Ringatu
    • Iharaira
    • Ratana
    • Māori Engagement in 'Mainline Churches'
  5. Module Four: Blended Wisdom: Theological Themes and Trends
    • Reading the Bible
    • Karakia
    • Christology
    • The Human Person
    • Sacraments
    • The Church
    • Death and Waiora

Assessment

  • Noho Marae Reflection 20%
  • Major Resarch Essay 50%
  • Group Project and Presentation 30%

Teaching Arrangements

The paper will be taught as a one-week intensive at Ohope marae in the Bay of Plenty July 1-5.

Contact

murray.rae@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Revd Wayne Te Kaawa, Professor Murray Rae

Textbooks
Textbooks are not required for this paper. A course book is available.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Information literacy, Environmental literacy, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will:

  1. Show familiarity with traditional Māori religious thought and practice.
  2. Understand the historical threads of engagement between Māori and Christian missionaries and develop the capacity to critically analyse the impact and consequences of that engagement.
  3. Be able to offer an informed account of selected Māori adaptations of Christianity, particularly those associated with the Māori prophets.
  4. Develop understanding of the distinct insight and enrichment of Christian theology brought about through the influence of mātuaranga and kaupapa Māori.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard