After completion of the course the student can:
(1) explain what relation between grace and virtue traditionally is supposed in Catholic moral theology
(2) give an analysis of human action in light of virtue ethics
(3) indepedently read and analyze ecclesial documents concerning moral issues
(4) explain how certain texts from Scripture are relevant to the evaluation of moral issues
(5) explain the moral position of the magisterium, and reflect critically on these
(6) indepedently evaluate a case of moral theology, making use of virtue ethics, magisterial documents and Scripture.
(7) formulate a research question pertaining to a moral issue
Building on the foundations given in moral theology I we will address the importance of grace for right human action, and the specificity of Christian ethics in light of the Sermon on the Mount. We will also acknowledge the reality of sin, as the disruption of and impediment for this action. The major part of the course address developments in society and technological progress, which continues to raise questions on what constitutes right action. In the section devoted to special moral theology we discuss a number of relevant themes including medical action at the beginning and end of human life, racism, sexual ethics and ecology.