Licentiate in Moral Theology

Duration: 2 Years

Licentiate in Moral Theology -2 Years

Vision: This is envisioned to promote systematic and critical reflection onthe perennial values of Christ’s Gospel that moulds and directs the history ofhumankind in the light of revelation and the day-to-day human experience.


a.  To reflect scientifically anabiding Christian values in relation to the context of Indian society;

b.  To train personnel for teachingwho can meaningfully present the values of the Gospel to the contemporary mind;

c.  To promote study and researchregarding applicability of Christian moral principles in thesocio-religious-cultural context today;

d.  To help pastoral ministers andreligious formators to integrate Christian moral values in the day-to-day lifeof their communities.

As a postgraduate programme, the emphasis will be on participatory studyand personal research under the guidance of the faculty.  The course will consist of lectures,seminars, research papers, field-study and dissertation in the area ofspecialization. The students will be encouraged to have some teachingexperience.

Principal courses:

a.  Scripture, Tradition and the Teaching of theChurch as the Source of Christian Ethics

b.  Historical Evolution of Moral Theology as aScience

c.  Life in Christ as the Focus of ChristianEthics

d.  Conscience and Its Formation: Critical Issues

e.  Natural Law: A Basis for Global Ethics

f.   Morality of Human Act: New Insights

g.  Freedom as the Context of Morality

h.  Sin and Salvation

i.   Christian Vision of Human Sexuality andEthical Implications

j.   Family Life and Ethical Challenges

k.  Breakthroughs in Health Care Sciences andChristian Response

l.   Concept of Sanctity of Life: Basis ofChristian Bio-Medical Ethics

m. Social Justice: Evolution in the Church’sUnderstanding

n.  Justice of the Kingdom as the Foundation ofChristian Ethics: A Critique of Traditional Understanding of Justice in MoralTheology

o.  Topical Issues in Biomedical Ethics

p.  To Love Otherwise: Biblical Thought and Ethics

Optional Courses:

a.  Ethical Decision Making: Different Approaches

b.  Virtue Ethics

c.  Ecclesial Character of Christian Ethics: AnOriental Perspective

d.  Celebrative Ethics: Spirituality and Morality

e.  Ethics in Post-modern Era

f.   Ethics and Ecology

g.  Ethics in Mass Media

h.  Problem of Evil

i.   Homosexuality: A Christian Response

j.   Unity and Indissolubility of Marriage

k.  Marriage and Canon Law

l.   Reproductive Technologies: An EthicalAnalysis

m. Ethics of Ecology

n.  Medical Advancement  and Quality of Life

Tutorials: The Tutorials maybe selected from the following topics or from any other area in consultationwith the professor concerned.

a.  Covenant and Ten Commandments

b.  Sermon on the Mount and Kingdom Morality

c.  Trinitarian Dimensions of Christian Ethics

d.  Scholastic Understanding of Moral Theology

e.  War and Peace

f.   Culture of Life vs. Culture of Death: A studyon Abortion/Euthanasia

g.  Capital Punishment: A Moral Evaluation

h.  Marriage: A Call to Holiness

i.   Genetic Engineering

j.   Ethics of Human Experimentation

k.  Tribal Ethics

l.   Influence of Liberation Theology in MoralReflection

FieldStudy: Everystudent has to make a field study. The report has to be prepared and presentedat the beginning of the third semester.

Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram,
Dharmaram College P. O,
Bangalore-560 029,

Tel : 080-41116300/41116302
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