Theology - Contemporary Ethics
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Pontifical University St Patricks College Maynooth

Theology - Contemporary Ethics

Introduction
This part-time taught Masters programme explores Contemporary Ethics.

Description
In an increasingly globalised world we are confronted with complex questions about identity, human rights, and the role of religion in the pubic sphere. This Masters programme provides a comprehensive analysis of current ethical issues in a dynamic learning environment. It offers students an understanding of the evolving relationship between Church and State within modern societies, and its implications for the content of civil legislation and for the role of Catholic politicians. Students will also explore contemporary trends in globalization, issues in healthcare ethics, social justice and human rights concerns, as well as the ethics of media relations.

Programme of Study
The successful completion of six taught modules delivered over two years and a 15,000 word thesis on an agreed topic.

Content:
• Spirituality, Religion and Contemporary Healthcare Ethics
• Environmental and Social Ethics
• Media Ethics
• Foundations of Moral Theology
• Re-Sourcing: Theology and Renewal in the Twentieth Century
• History of Christian Thought

Note: progression to the PhD from this programme requires the successful completion of a doctoral qualifying year, the parameters of which are established by the Faculty of Theology.

Programme of Study
The successful completion of six taught modules delivered over two years and a 15,000 word thesis on an agreed topic.

Content:
• Spirituality, Religion and Contemporary Healthcare Ethics
• Environmental and Social Ethics
• Media Ethics
• Foundations of Moral Theology
• Re-Sourcing: Theology and Renewal in the Twentieth Century
• History of Christian Thought

Note: progression to the PhD from this programme requires the successful completion of a doctoral qualifying year, the parameters of which are established by the Faculty of Theology.

Subjects taught

Cycle A 2021-2022
Minor Dissertation

Semester 1
PG 709 Re-Sourcing: Theology and Renewal in the 20th Century
PG 650: Foundations of Moral Theology

Semester 2
PG 651: Environmental and Social Ethics

Cycle B 2022-2023
Semester 1
PG 302: History of Christian Thought (24 hours)
PG 652: Spirituality, Religion and Contemporary Healthcare Ethics

Semester 2
PG 653: Media Ethics

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
The minimum entry requirement is a primary degree in which Theology comprises at least an equal joint component. Candidates should have obtained at least Second Class Honours, Grade I overall, and Second Class Honours, Grade I in Theology. An interview will be part of the selection process.

The Faculty of Theology may also accept applicants whom it deems to have achieved an equivalent standard.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to satisfy the English language requirements.

Application dates

Application Deadline: 12th June 2020
Late applications may be considered from those living on the island of Ireland and from the EU.

Duration

Duration: 2 years, part-time
Lectures: One day per week
Classes will be held on Wednesdays.

Enrolment dates

Course Start Date: September 2020

Post Course Info

Possible career routes include:
• Lecturing (with additional qualifier courses it would serves as a bridge to doctoral studies in Moral Theology)
• Second Level teaching (following the successful completion of the undergraduate degree in Theology followed by the Professional Master of Education (PME)).
• Journalism.
• Pastoral work, Retreat work, Parish catechesis.
• Public/Private Sectors
• School/ Hospital Chaplaincy (For professional qualifications in chaplaincy additional courses are also a requirement).
• Career working with NGO's and other organisations working in the fields of development and social justice.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    MTh

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

  • Apply to

    PAC