Theology & Religious Studies BD/MA

Introduction to Christian Ethics TRS4078

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will introduce principal themes in Christian Ethics in a form suitable both for those training for recognised ministries in the Church of Scotland and also for any student with an interest in Christian Ethics.


1x2hr seminar per week over 20 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. 

Excluded Courses

TRS2007 Creation, Culture & Context

TRS4041 Worship & Witness in a Theological Perspective




Essay (2,500 words) - 40%

Book Review (750 words) - 10%

Project (3,000 words) - 50% 

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ explore the role of ethics in relation to Christian practice;

■ introduce students to traditions of reflection on personal, professional and social ethics in relation to Christian ministries;

■ enable students to reflect on examples of ethical interventions at congregational, denominational and ecumenical levels, both historical and contemporary, within and beyond Scotland.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ recognise and describe key traditions of Christian ethical reasoning;

■ identify a range of ethical demands and challenges associated with Christian ministries or other and reflect theologically on actual and potential responses to these from ministry practitioners;

■ apply their knowledge of theological ethics to theological reflection on particular instances and examples of Christian practice.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.