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RST-304 Christian Social Ethics

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course provides students with an opportunity to understand and evaluate various Christian positions on a range of contemporary moral issues related to life in society.  The course allows students to examine selected topics in economic ethics, social ethics, and political ethics.  Prerequisite: RST-201.  The course fulfills the general education requirements for 300/400-level religious studies and values.  [3 credits]

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Discuss the sources and method of Christian social ethics
  2. Compare and contrast various major approaches to Christian social ethics, including
  3. Christian pacifism, Christian realism, and Catholic social teaching
  4. Describe, analyze, and criticize a variety of positions that Christian ethicists are taking on a range of contemporary social issues
  5. Express clearly and convincingly, both orally and in writing, their own ethical positions on this same range of issues
  6. Demonstrate higher level critical thinking skills through the process of gathering, selecting, analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating, and applying information and knowledge
  7. Demonstrate a capacity for mature ethical judgments consistent with the Christian tradition

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Attendance at all classes and active participation
  2. Four essays of three-to-four pages each
  3. Final exam

REQUIRED/RECOMMENDED TEXTBOOK(S) OR MATERIALS:

Access the bookstore website at www.ndm.bncollege.com  for textbook information.

OTHER COURSE INFORMATION:

  • Assignments and/or chapter(s) being discussed on the first day of class and/or required reading/assignments required for the first day of class are indicated in the course syllabus found on the Joule course site.