What is the course about?
The course introduces you to religious approaches to moral questions, especially some of the key sources and ideas from Christianity, through the issue of assisted dying. You will explore arguments on both sides of the assisted dying debate.
What will we cover?
• Key ideas and thinkers in character ethics, including Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas.
• The relationship between religion and morality,
• Using the Bible.
• Christian tradition and morality.
• Reason and experience.
• Application: the assisted dying debate.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Describe and explain key principles in Christian moral theories.
• Explain arguments for and against the legalisation of assisted dying.
• Evaluate arguments from Christian moral approaches to assisted dying.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
• Some familiarity with Christianity is helpful for this course (advanced knowledge isn't necessary). Learners with any perspective on faith, and on the question of assisted dying, are welcome.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
• The course will be taught on a single Saturday morning and therefore no advance preparation is needed.
• There will be a combination of different media, lecture-style teaching, individual work and group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
• Some handouts with key principles and texts will be provided. Please bring a pen and paper to make notes and you may wish to bring a Bible.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
For more details about religious studies courses, please visit our website - www.citylit.ac.uk.