Created by Dr. Maura Ryan, a Notre Dame Theology Professor, for STEP, this course explores the meaning of conscience in the Catholic Tradition and provides participants with tools for drawing on faith in responding to moral decisions.
Unit 1: Foundations of the Catholic Moral Tradition
- The Human Person
- Freedom and Knowledge
- Economic Justice For All
- Catechism: The Natural Moral Law
Unit 2: Faith and Morality
- A Sense of Sin
- Catechism: Freedom and Virtue
- Freedom and Happiness
Unit 3: Conscience and Moral Decision-Making
- The Formation of Conscience
- The Holy Spirit and the New Law
- Catechism: Moral Conscience, Sin
Unit 4: Christian Conscience and Choices in Interpersonal Ethics
- Catechism: Truth and Falsehood
- Evangelium Vitae
- Catechism: The Person and Social Life
Unit 5: Christian Conscience and Choices in Social Ethics
- Catholics in the Political Realm
- Evangelium Vitae
- The Death Penalty
- Created and instructed by Notre Dame Theology Professor.
- Six weeks in duration, with one week for orientation.
- Typically 15-20 students in each course.
- All lecture text and all required reading available online in course.
- Supplemental readings are provided to encourage further exploration of topic, internet links provided for all readings.
- Written assignments (150-200 words) required.
- Facilitator moderated chat sessions with students in course.
- All course materials are available online in the course.
- Read assigned texts; keep notes, questions, and comments for class discussion.
- Participate in the class discussion using the Forums area: post at least 2 comments, questions, or responses per unit.
- Write 150-200 words in response to the assignment in each unit.
- Participate in at least 3 scheduled chat sessions throughout the course.
- Complete the course evaluation.
5 to 7 hours per week, depending on your learning style and schedule.
A certificate of completion awarding 35 contact hours will be sent upon completion of all course requirements.