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010028 VO Advanced Course Theological Ethics I (Fundamental Moral Theology) (2021S)

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

Die Vorlesung vermittelt anhand eines Durchgangs durch die Geschichte der Moraltheologie ein differenziertes, vertieftes Verständnis zentraler theologisch-ethischer Ansätzen und führt durch Textlektüre und themenbezogene Exkursionen zu einem breiten Verständnis der moraltheologischen Tradition und zu möglichen Lösungsansätzen für heutige Fragen.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: English

Examination dates



Because of the current COVID regulations, the lecture course will be held online during the entire summer term.


Aims, contents and method of the course

The lecture is dedicated to paradigmatic examples and developments for ethical thought in Christianity along its history from its beginnings till now. This course requires basic knowledge of ethics or Moral Theology at the level of the basic course Theological Ethics I (fundamental moral theology), or of an introductory book. This course will be interactive, including expert presentations and reading and discussion of historical texts.

Assessment and permitted materials

Oral exam (in English, Spanish, Italian, French on request), due to COVID regulations online, if regulations permit, also in person. If the student cannot participate in an online exam due to technical problems, please contact the professor to ask for a personal exam. The Student is expected to give an overview over key lines of development in the history of Moral theology; to analyse important text from a systematic point of view; to explain the possible relevance for understanding and addressing today's ethical questions.
During the oral exam, no means of aid are permitted.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

A 50% of the exam questions needs to be answered correctly to pass the exam. Each answer will be graded, and an average grade will be awarded.

Examination topics

Lectures, reading of passages of original texts and their discussion.
For all lectures during the period of safety measures due to the COVID pandemic, the material made available on the moodle platform presents the basis for preparing the exam. Online teaching serves for explaining further the text material and to discuss problems. You will also receive messages that inform about the technical details.

Reading list

Nicholas Austin, Aquinas on Virtue: A Causal Reading (Moral Traditions series), Georgetown University Press, Copyright Date: 2017; https://doi-org.uaccess.univie.ac.at/10.2307/j.ctt1t89k5h
Curran, Charles E., Catholic moral theology in the United States: a history, Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2008.
Charles E. Curran, History and contemporary issues: studies in moral theology, London: Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc., 2016.
James F. Keenan, A history of Catholic moral theology in the twentieth century: from confessing sins to liberating consciences, London; New York: Continuum, 2010.
Stephen J. Pope [ed.], The ethics of Aquinas,
Washington, DC: Georgetown Univ. Press, 2002.
Lydia Schumacher, Early Franciscan Theology, Cambridge University Press, 2019, DOI:https://doi-org.uaccess.univie.ac.at/10.1017/9781108595087.
Thomas M. Osborne Jr., Human Action in Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus, and William of Ockham, Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2014.
Peter H. Sedgwick, The Origins of Anglican Moral Theology, Brill: Leiden/Boston, 2019.

Association in the course directory

für 011 (15W) FTH 23, 066 796 (17W) MRP 07krp, auslaufende Studienpläne: für 011 (11W) D26

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