Religion, ethics and modern life: assisted dying and Christianity

Course Dates: 13/06/20
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Explore religious approaches to ethics, with a focus on sources and ideas from the Christian tradition, and apply these to the moral issue of assisted dying.


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?

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Tutor Biographies
Andrew Grey

Andrew has worked in a number of roles involving learning & development, policy and communications. He has delivered a range of face to face and digital learning experiences. His fascination with the human condition, who we are and how we should live, led him to study theology and ethics at the University of Oxford, at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is the author of a number of publications about religion, morality and healthcare. Most recently he wrote 'Dignity at the End of Life: What's Beneath the Assisted Dying debate?' for Theos think tank. Since its publication he has enjoyed speaking on BBC One, radio and debating at the Oxford Literary Festival.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HRS28

Sat, day, 13 Jun - 13 Jun '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £29.00
Senior fee: £23.00
Concession: £15.00

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