Universität Wien FIND

010033 VO Advanced Course Theological Ethics II : Sexual Ethics (2021W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


Sprache: Englisch




DO 07.10.2021 16.45-18.15 Hörsaal 1 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 1 Hof 1
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DO 04.11.2021 16.45-18.15 Hörsaal 1 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 1 Hof 1
DO 11.11.2021 16.45-18.15 Hörsaal 1 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 1 Hof 1
DO 18.11.2021 16.45-18.15 Hörsaal 1 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 1 Hof 1
DO 25.11.2021 16.45-18.15 digital
DO 02.12.2021 16.45-18.15 digital
DO 09.12.2021 16.45-18.15 digital
DO 16.12.2021 16.45-18.15 digital
DO 13.01.2022 16.45-18.15 digital
DO 20.01.2022 16.45-18.15 digital
DO 27.01.2022 16.45-18.15 digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Despite centuries of thinking, Catholic sexual ethics remained fairly uniform until very recent times. Its normative approach to "sexuality" followed the lines set by St. Augustine in the fifth century that emphasise the so-called three goods of marriage: permanence, fidelity, and offspring, in light of which both sources (of moral wisdom) were interpreted and acts/practices evaluated. This teaching reached its peak of systematisation at the beginning of the twentieth century and was codified in the 1917 Code of Canon Law in terms of primary (offspring) and secondary (mutual help and allaying of concupiscence) ends of marriage. The Second Vatican Council, however, shifted the tables by dispensing with the categorisation of ends of marriage and by giving meaning to procreation only within the broader mutual love of the spouses. Coupled with new scientific discoveries in the area of sexuality, changing mores (mainly in the so-called Western world), and the higher appreciation of the good of the human person, these shifts prompted theologians to start re-thinking Catholic sexual ethics and to investigate deeper implications of these developments. The approaches developed and "issues" that surfaced in that investigation (contraception, homosexuality, pre-marital relations, celibacy, marriage, alternative living forms, artificial reproductive technologies, sexual anthropology, etc.) and that will be investigated in this course, the positions taken, and theoretical advancements made were the result of their efforts. By tracking the historical development, fundamental operative concepts, and theological approaches to Catholic sexual ethics within various contexts in which it took shape and against the background of challenges to which it was responding, the students will be able to develop a nuanced understanding of this area of theological ethics as well as an appreciation of challenges it faces in the contemporary time. Against that background, they will be encouraged to develop their own critical position on how sexual ethics ought to respond to these challenges and what shape it should assume in the future.
In terms of methods, students are expected to follow lectures, study the assigned literature, and participate in discussions.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Type of exam: Oral exam
Duration of the exam: max. 15 minutes
Current information on the form of the exam (in presence or digital) will be posted on the homepage of the Institute for Theological Ethics and communicated in the course towards the end of the lectures.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Minimum requirements: To understand basic concepts, history of development, and theological approaches to sexual ethics and to be able to evaluate them critically.
Assessment criteria: At least 50% of three exam questions have to be answered for a positive grade.


The examination topics will be taken from the two books specified below. They fit into one of the three categories: 1) History of development of sexual ethics, 2) approaches to sexual ethics, 3) applied contemporary issues in sexual ethics. During the exam, each student will get one question from each of these categories (3 in total), so as to be able to demonstrate overall mastery of the study material.


Farley, Margaret A., Just Love. A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, New York, NY: Continuum, 2006.
Salzman, Todd A., Lawler, Michael G., Sexual Ethics. A Theological Introduction, Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2012.
Francis, Amoris laetitia.
Other article-length texts that will be posted in the Moodle.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

für 011 (15W) FTH 23, 066 796 (17W) MRP 07krp, auslaufende Studienpläne: gilt für 011 (11W) D39 als "Aktuelle Themen der MT I: Ethik der Geschlechterbeziehung"

Letzte Änderung: Di 31.05.2022 16:07