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JP8341 Human Dignity in the Catholic Tradition

This subject is focused on the concept of human dignity as it is presented in Catholic scholarship, including magisterial documents such as John Paul II’s Evangelium Vitae, and documents of official Church agencies such as the Ethical Code of Catholic Health Australia. It also offers a historical overview of the evolution of the concept and contemporary criticisms from other traditions, including the utilitarian tradition. It concludes with an examination of the relationship between human dignity, pastoral care and spirituality and bioethical issues which arise at the beginning and end of life. Students will be equipped with a body of this knowledge which will enable them to undertake professional work in the field and serve as a basis for further learning.