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Biblical Theology

Brief Profile of the Biblical Theology Department, CIWA

The Biblical Theology Department of the Catholic Institute of West Africa, Port Harcourt, was one of the first three Departments that began with the Institute from its inception on 8th December 1981 at Ozoba. From onset the Department has been blessed with well qualified and seasoned lecturers who have continued to produce graduates with Masters (MTh), Licentiate (STL) and Doctoral (PhD) degrees. Those graduates in turn have distinguished themselves in Church and society. Among them today are three Bishops.

To oversee the academic matters of the Department, the Biblical Department has had four Heads – Justin S. Ukpong, Kris Owan, Teresa Okure, SHCJ and the current HOD Emmanuel O. Nwaoru.

Coincidentally, two of the HODs, Rev. Fr. Justin Ukpong (late) and Sr. Teresa Okure, SHCJ, became the first two Professors of the Institute in 1999.

Composition of the Department in the current (2015/2016) Academic Year

The Department has a Professor in Residence, Sr. Prof. Teresa Okure, SHCJ and five full-time lecturers – Rev. Fr. Prof. Emmanuel O. Nwaoru, Rev. Fr. Dr. Anthony Umoren, MSP, Rev. Fr. Dr. Luke Ijezie, Rev. Fr. Dr. Ignatius Obinwa and Rev. Fr. Dr. Peter Onwuka and candidates pursuing various programmes – Propaedeutic, Masters, Licentiate and Doctorate.

Biblical Theology Courses

In keeping with Sapientia Christiana the Department offers courses in the following Stress Areas:

  1. Introductory courses in Methodology
  2. OT Textual Study – Exegesis
  3. OT Thematic Study – Theology
  4. NT Textual Study – Exegesis
  5. NT Thematic Study – Theology
  6. Intertestamental Period
  7. The Bible and First World Cultures

Courses in these areas help students to acquire mastery of basic exegetical and methodological skills needed in handling Biblical text, knowledge of contemporary interpretative methodologies applied in reading the Bible in context, and major research tools available in all these areas.

This warrants that students in the Department begin with Beginners Course in the first year (Propaedeutic Year) in Old Testament Hebrew Morphology (BIB 4010) and New Testament Greek Morphology (BIB 4030). Here they are introduced gradually to paradigms, while they learn easy translations from the Hebrew and Greek Bible.

The major courses are offered in the following areas:

  1. Biblical Languages
  • Old Testament Hebrew Syntax and Lexis
  • New Testament Greek Syntax and Lexis
  • Biblical Aramaic

Here the student acquires the ability for syntactical analysis of chosen Biblical texts as well as for reading and translating the same. There is also introductory study of Textual Criticism of both testaments. Doctoral candidates are expected to demonstrate high proficiency in the knowledge of Biblical Hebrew and Greek and a good working knowledge of Biblical Aramaic (BIB 6032).

Outside the major courses students are also expected to take Elective and Faculty courses which they may choose from or outside the Biblical Department.

  1. Biblical Methodologies

The student studies the basic characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses of the major methodologies applied in contemporary Biblical studies, Old and New Testaments, particularly

  • the Historical Critical (diachronic) method and its different components: Source, Form, Redaction, Literary, Textual, religionsgeschichtliche, etc. criticisms
  • Synchronic and Contextual Approaches; Liberative and Inculturation Hermeneutics; Biblical interpretation in Africa
  • Women’s Hermeneutics (feminist, mujerista, womanist and African women’s hermeneutics).
  1. Exegesis (OT and NT)

The student is introduced to the process of interpreting or explaining select Biblical texts and passages from Biblical books, using major research tools and methodologies.

  1. Biblical Themes and Cultures (OT and NT)

Select Biblical themes are treated as courses or Seminars, especially those relevant to the African context. They cover among others:

  • The Old Testament Covenants (particularly the Sinai Covenant) and the monarchy in their Biblical and extra-Biblical contexts, and relevance for Africa
  • Prophetic Literature and related issues, e.g., “pure” religion, social justice, etc. in Africa
  • Parables of Jesus and the Sermon on the Mount in their Biblical and contemporary African contexts
  • Contemporary Issues in Biblical Miracles & Faith Healing in African context
  • New Testament Attitude towards cultures (OT, Jewish, Gentile), with a focus on African cultures
  • Biblical and Contemporary Issues in Sex and Gender and Cultural Hermeneutics

List of Courses offered at Masters / Licentiate Level

LAN 4010       NT Greek I & II

BIB 5011        –           Contemporary Orientations in Biblical Studies

BIB 5021/2     –           OT Syntax & Lexis

BIB 5041/2     –           NT Greek Syntax & Lexis

BIB 5051        –           Introduction to Wisdom Literature

BIB 5091                    Introduction to Intertestamental Literature

BIB 5131        –           Hosea: Exegesis and Hermeneutics

BIB 5151                    The Psalms: From Messianism to Christology

BIB 5211                    Exodus and Sinai Covenant

BIB     5241                The “Ish Elohim” in the Book of Kings

BIB 5321                    1 Corinthians: Exegesis and Hermeneutics

BIB 5321                    Romans: Exegesis & Hermeneutics

BIB 5351                    Letter to the Hebrews: Exegesis and Hermeneutics

BIB 5421 (Fac)           Sex & Gender in the Bible & Extra Biblical Cultures

BIB 5511 (Sem)           Creation and Recreation

BIB 5521 (Sem)           Social Issues in the Prophets

BIB 5541 (Sem)          The NT and Gentile Cultures

BIB 5541 (Sem)          Jesus, Women and the Church in the NT

BIB 5132        –           Jeremiah: Exegesis and Hermeneutics

BIB 5132        –           Isaiah 1-39: Exegesis and Hermeneutics

BIB 5232                    Genesis 1-11: Exegesis and Hermeneutics

BIB 5242        –           Selected Themes in Sam / Kings

BIB 5242        –           Deuteronomic History and Theology

BIB 5312        –           Mark’s Gospel: Exegesis and Hermeneutics

BIB 5312                    John’s Gospel: Exegesis and Hermeneutics

BIB 5322                    Colossians: Exegesis and Hermeneutics

BIB 5332        –           Acts of the Apostles: Exegesis and Hermeneutics

BIB 5342        –           Selected themes in Revelation

BIB 5432 (Fac)           The Parables of Jesus in Contemporary African Setting

BIB 5432 (Fac)           Gospel Miracles & Faith Healing

BIB 5542 (Sem)          Salvific Universality of Christ in Ephesians/Colossians

BIB 5542 (Sem)          Biblical Interpretations in Africa

BIB 5542 (Sem)          Contemporary Issues in Feminist Hermeneutics


List of Courses offered at Doctorate Level

  1. Methodology

BIB 6011                    Methods, Theories and Philosophical Orientations in Biblical Studies II

BIB 6021                    History of Exegesis and Exegetical Methodologies

  1. Exegesis

BIB 6111                    The Pentateuch

BIB 6121                    The Historical Books

BIB 6131                    Prophetic Literature

BIB 6311                    The Canonical Gospels

BIB 6321                    Acts of the Apostles

BIB 6331                    The Pauline Letters

BIB 6142                    Wisdom Literature

BIB 6152                    The Writings

BIB 6332 (Sem)          Salvific Universality of Christ in Ephesians/Colossians

BIB 6342                    The Catholic Epistles

BIB 6352                    The Letter to the Hebrews

BIB 6362                    The Book of Revelation


  1. Biblical Themes


BIB 6211 (Sem)          Creation and Recreation

BIB 6221                    The Patriarchs and their Covenants

BIB 6231                    OT Institutions

BIB 6241 (Sem)          Messianism

BIB 6411                    The Evangelists and their Traditions

BIB 6421                    NT Theology

BIB 6431 (Sem)          NT Institutions and Ministries

BIB 6441                    The Church and Churches in the NT

BIB 6252 (Sem)          The Problem of Evil

BIB 6262 (Sem)          Religion and Society

BIB 6272                    Jewish Feasts and Worship

BIB 6282                    The OT and other Religions

BIB 6292                    Women in the OT

BIB 6452 (Sem)          Christology and Soteriology

BIB 6462                    NT Ethics

BIB 6472 (Sem)          The Kingdom of God

BIB 6482                    Mission in the NT

BIB 6492                    Covenant in the NT


  1. Intertestamental Literature


BIB 6511                    Introduction to the Intertestamental Era

BIB 6521 (Sem)          Judaism

BIB 6541                    Graeco-Roman World

BIB 6551                    Apocryphal and Pseudepigraphal Writings

BIB 6571                    Jewish Historians and Philosophers

BIB 6532 (Sem)          Hellenism

BIB 6562                    Qumran

BIB 6582                    Rabbinic Exegesis

BIB 6592 (Sem)          Apocalypticism


  1. The Bible and First World Cultures


BIB 6611                    Greek Philosophers and the Bible

BIB 6621 (Sem)          The Mystery Religions

BIB 6631                    Gnosticism

BIB 6642                    NT Apocalypticism

BIB 6652 (Sem)          NT Apocryphal Literature

BIB 6662 (Sem)          Hermetic Literature


List of Courses offered at Bachelors Level


ELC 151/2                  NT Greek I & II

RES 251/2                   -Biblical Hebrew I & II

RES 211                      -Introduction to Old Testament

RES 241                      – Introduction to the Bible (Sacred Scripture)

RES 301          –           -Introduction to New Testament

RES. 311                     -Introduction to Wisdom Literature

RES 411                      -The Gospel and Letters of John

RES 429                      -History and Religion of Israel

RES. 212                     -The Pentateuch

RES 216                      -NT Studies: The Synoptic Gospels

RES 312                      -The Pauline Epistles

RES 412                      -Religion and Prophecy in Israel

RES 414                      – Letter to the Hebrews and the General Epistles

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Sacred Liturgy


Candidates in Sacred Liturgy are required to acquire a holistic knowledge of this branch of theology which deals with the life of worship in the Catholic Church. The Sacred Liturgy Department studies liturgy as a science with proper methodology. The Department offers courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate (Masters, Licentiate and Doctorate) levels. Contact us to learn more.

Courses for Undergraduate Degree:

RES 117          Introduction to Religious Worship

RES 217          Ancient Church History

RES 218          Medieval & Contemporary Church History

RES 327          Principles and Norms of Christian Worship

RES 423          Religion and Art in African Culture


Courses for Postgraduate Levels, Masters/Licentiate Degrees:

LIT 5011 Liturgical Methodology:

The course studies how to write a scientific research, liturgical textual criticism and hermeneutics of liturgical texts. It focuses on liturgy as a science, with a proper methodology, methodological criticism of liturgical documents, internal and external criticisms of liturgical materials, hermeneutics of liturgical documents, for instance, Biblical texts, Patristic and Euchological texts, and finally, global interpretation of the liturgical themes. Equally, it discusses the liturgical books in relation to their origin, history, development and theology. It examines the sources of liturgical tradition as working instruments for other studies. Other available courses are:

LIT 5041         Gestures and Postures in the Liturgy

LIT 5131         History of the Liturgy According to Cultural Epochs

LIT 5111         Introduction to Eastern Liturgies

LIT 5211         Theology of Liturgy

LIT 5311         Rites of Christian Initiation

LIT 5341         Rites of Reconciliation

LIT 5421         Liturgical Buildings/Edifices

LIT 5521         Liturgy and Bible/Liturgical Homily

LIT 5381         Rite of Virginity and Religious Profession

LIT 5371         Rite of Matrimony

LIT 5411         Principles of Liturgical Inculturation

LIT 5021         Liturgical Laws and Ceremonies

LIT 5451         Liturgy and Christian Responsibility

LIT 5321         Current Liturgical Problems

LIT 5511         Liturgy and Sources

LIT 5061         Pastoral Liturgy

LIT 5261         Liturgy and Ecology

LIT 5431         Order of Dedication of Church and Altar

LIT 5541         Creation of Rites As Alternative

LIT 5132         Theology of the Liturgical Year

LIT 5032         Liturgical Celebration and Community Building (Seminar)

LIT 5092         Signs and Symbols in Worship

LIT 5222         Liturgy and Pneumatology

LIT 5242         Liturgy and Ecumenism

LIT 5112         Introduction to Western Liturgies

LIT 5352         Rites of Anointing and Pastoral Care of the Sick

LIT 5162         Patristic Liturgical Literature

LIT 5252         Liturgy and Mariology

LIT 5142         Cult of the Saints and Ancestors

LIT 5362         Rite of Priestly Ordination

LIT 5062         Liturgical Spirituality

LIT 5392         Death and Christian Funeral Rites


Courses for Doctorate Degree:

LIT 6011 Liturgical Methodology:

Candidates for the doctorate degree in Sacred Liturgy are required to examine the different scientific approaches adopted in the study of sacred liturgy and the relation of this subject to other branches of theology. Other available courses are:

LIT 6111         Liturgical Year in the non-Roman Western Liturgies

LIT 6121         Rite of Penance in the Oriental Churches

LIT 6131         Celebration of the Liturgy of the Word

LIT 6141         Ad Celebratione Paschale Sacramentum

LIT 6151         Relationship between the Eucharist and Liturgy of the Hours (West)

LIT 6162         Charisms and Ministries in the NT

LIT 6152         Holy Spirit and Eucharist

LIT 6172         Liturgical Assembly and Mystery of the Church

LIT 6182         Celebrating in the Holy Spirit

LIT 6191         Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours

LIT 6211         Current Liturgical Problems

LIT 6222         Liturgy and Liberation

LIT 6231         Inculturation of the Liturgy of the Hours (West)

LIT 6241         Liturgical Inculturation of “De Benedictionibus

LIT 6251         Liturgical Inculturation of “De Ordinatione Diaconi, Presbyteri et Episcopi

LIT 6261         Liturgical Inculturation of “Ordo Lectionum Missae

LIT 6272         Prefaces of the “Missale Romanum” of Paul VI

Lecturers in the Department:

Rev. Fr. Prof. Austin Echema(HOD)

Rev. Fr. Prof. Patrick C. Chibuko

Rev. Fr. Dr. Emmanuel C. Anagwo

Rev. Fr. Dr. Peter Ochu

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Systematic Theology


Systematic theology is the coherent and systematic presentation of the Christian doctrine, and its content rests on the historical revelation of God in the historical figure of Jesus Christ. By its very nature, systematic theology is a discipline in theology. Systematic theology is the main branch of Christian theology, which draws on scriptures and Church’s tradition for its analysis of the data of the Christian revelation. In its analysis, it presents coherently the major themes of the Christian doctrines. The deep meaning of systematic theology is contained in the revelation that Christ makes of himself in the Trinity, in Creation, in Redemption, in the Eucharist, in the Church and in the sacraments.

Courses Available in the Department: The Department offers twenty four courses in the discipline of Systematic theology, and each for two hours of credit loads and a thesis of six credits, should be required for the STL degree in the programme. The courses offered in the discipline of Systematic Theology are as follows: Major courses, within the student’s area of specialization, faculty and elective courses, which are designed to broaden the student’s knowledge, seminars, which involve written and presenting of research papers. Included in the programme are such courses like Theology and Ecology, Evangelization and Social Justice, Faith Doing Justice, Human Dignity and Human Rights.

Stress Areas of Study in Systematic Theology: There are four major stressed areas in the department of Systematic Theology.

0 Foundational Courses – Introduction to Systematic Theology and 

Introductory Courses in Methodology

1 Theology of God (Human Being, Creation and Ecology) and Christology

2 Pneumatology, Soteriology and Eschatology

3 Ecclesiology and Mariology

4 Sacramental Theology and Theology of Grace

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Moral Theology



Moral Theology fundamentally considered is a systematic and methodical understanding of Christian faith and the truths of Christian faith in relation to human conduct. Moral Theology begins, not from the rational reflection in one’s proper being but from reflection in revelation accepted in faith. It is both a study of God who inserts our life in his salvific work and also of man created by God and elevated to life in Christ Jesus.

The second Vatican council brought to the attention of the whole church the need of renewal in theology and moral Theology in particular. Concerning moral theology, the council complains that “the institutions, laws, and modes of thinking and feeling as handed down from previous generations do not always seem to be well adapted to the contemporary state of affairs”. (GS.7). Hence an imbalance develops between theoretical system of thought, which cannot fully master all the aspects of man’s existence today and a way of life and acting which is modern in practical matters, between the demands of moral conscience and a concern for practicality and efficiency. (GS.8). Today, moral theology is required to bridge this gap, and to reconcile theory and practice.

There is a close relationship between moral Theology and all other branches of theology. This is because it deals with all aspects of human conduct. As science and technology advances in modern discoveries, moral theology is also advancing in its approach to those other discoveries. This is because, they affect the human conduct. The pastoral constitution on the church in the modern word is one of the documents of the second Vatican council dedicated to questions of moral and pastoral theology. This document offers many contributions to a better understanding of Christian morality.

The aim of the Department is to make the students understand the teachings of the council, the popes, and synods that come after the council, especially as they relate to their moral actions. The courses offered are designed to help the students to achieve the above objectives, and to be abreast with modern discoveries in knowledge.

There are four stress Areas in the overall design of the courses. These include:

  • The Methodology and General principles,
  • Marriage
  • Morality in society
  • These stress Areas relate to the other parts of Theology.



            2016/2017                               2017/2018                                           2018/2019

MOR 5011MOR 5042MOR 5011MOR 5042MOR 5011MOR 5042
MOR 5031MOR 5082*MOR 5031MOR 5082MOR 5031MOR 5162
MOR 5061MOR 5122MOR 5051MOR 5092MOR 5061MOR 5172
MOR 5071MOR 5162MOR 5111*MOR 5142MOR 5131MOR 5192*
MOR 5131MOR 5242MOR 5121MOR 5222MOR 5141MOR 5232
MOR 5141MOR 5252MOR 5261MOR 5232*MOR 5151*MOR 5242
MOR 5171MOR 5342MOR 5321MOR 5272MOR 5211MOR 5272
MOR 5191*MOR 6372MOR 5341MOR 5352MOR 5311MOR 5322

*students are expected to take at least one seminar in the semester.


0          –           Methodology and General Principles

1          –           Marriage

2          –           Morality in Society

3          –           Bioethics


MOR 5011:     Contemporary Orientations in theology, Methods, Theories

and Sources of Moral Theology.

MOR 5031:     Conscience and Situation Ethics.

MOR 5042:     Sin, Guilt and the Administration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in Modern Africa.

MOR 5051:     Fundamental Option and Object Choice.

MOR 5061:     Law and Grace in the teaching of the Magisterium.

MOR 5071:     New Proponents on Moral Norms in Moral theology.

MOR 5082:     Moral values in Africa (Sem).

MOR 5092      Magisterium and Morality.

MOR 5111:     Selected Questions in Decalogue.(Sem).

MOR 5122      Questions in Social Justice.

MOR 5131      Human Development, Peace, Justice and Non-violence.

MOR 5141:     Problems in the First Commandment in Africa.

MOR 5151:     African Traditional and Christian Morality (Sem).

MOR 5162:     Inviolability of Human Life – Selected Problems.

MOR 5171:     The Problems of Evil.

MOR 5191:     Selected Contemporary Problems in the Society (Sem).

MOR 5211:     Marriage: African Traditional and Christian.

MOR 5222      Theology of Sex: Man and Woman before God.

MOR 5232:     Fertility and Infertility in Marriage.

MOR 5242      Questions in the Moral Teaching of the New Testament.

MOR 5252:     Divorce, Remarriage, Biblical, Theological, Historical and Pastoral Orientation in Africa.

MOR 5261:     Marriage Situations and Problems in Africa.

MOR 5272:     The Unmarried Life, Sexual Deviations and Sexually Transmitted Disease (Sem).

MOR. 5282:    Christian faith in the modern world.

MOR 5311:     Problems in Medical Ethics.

MOR 5322:     Principle of Biomedical Ethics.

MOR 5331:     Medicine and Christian Morality.

MOR 5342:     Ethical Perspectives on New Bioethical Issues.

MOR 5352:     Health Care Ethics.

MOR.5361:     Medical Ethics

MOR 5372:     Medical systems in Africa.

MOR.5382:     The fate of the family in Technological society


MOR 5011      Contemporary Orientation in Theology, Methods, Theories and Sources of Moral Theology.

Current situation in theological discussion, historical aspects in the evolution and understanding of theology as a scientific discipline, Western theology – developing world theology, conception of universality in theology. Methodology, Sources and Schools of Thought in Moral Theology.

MOR 5031      Conscience and Situation Ethics.

                        Role of conscience in moral action, situation ethics and its principal proponents. Culture, society social change and moral decision.

MOR 5042      Sin, Guilt, and the Administration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in Modern Africa.

This course is a sociological study, modern society and the sense of sin. Sin in African context. Levels of guilt-feeling, taboos, social and religious guilt-feeling, the sacrament of reconciliation and the formation of mature Christian conscience in African Social dimension of sin.

MOR 5051      Fundamental Option and Object Choice .

The course discusses the problem of the modern person in decision making, how to make choices adequately ordered fro the kingdom of heaven. The problem of the absoluteness of certain moral norms. The psychological categories for deciding sin and guilt.

MOR 5061      Law and Grace in the Teaching of the Magisterium.

Principles of morality according to the New Testament, The role of law, love and Holy Spirit in morality. Catholic and Protestant moral theology – a confrontation, biblical foundations of the orientations.

MOR 5071      New Proponents on Moral Norms in Moral Theology –  

The scope of this study will be to expose the debate on the normativity of moral acts, problems on norms raised by ethical borderline situations, consequentialism, proportionalism, deonotological and teleological ethics. Moral norms and Catholic tradition.


MOR 5082      Moral Values in Africa (Sem).

                        This seminar will undertake an excursion into the African ideas about what is good or bad, right or wrong. Good and reprehensible behavior, religious, supernatural and human sources of morality. God the divinities and ancestors, communal senators, proverbs and sayings regarding morality.

MOR 5092      Magisterium and Morality.

Relationship between magisterium and morality. Authoritative formulation of moral teaching. Nature and function of magisterium. Magisterium and the role of theologians in the Church.

MOR 5111      Selected Questions in Decalogue (Sem).

Cultural change and progress in Africa lead to problems in the relationship between parents, children, kith and kin, and the extended family. Human life is becoming less sacred, new ways of stealing and cheating are being discovered. The mass media seems to provide the opportunity for character assassination, and misinformation of all types.

MOR 5122      Question in Social Justice.

Social justice in Africa – the task of the Church examination of social doctrine of the Church in the recent encyclicals. How hard this addressed concretely the social problem in Africa.

MOR 5131      Human Development, Peace, Justice and Non-violence.

This course presents an overall introduction tom the themes and methods of Christian social Ethics which emphasizes human development, peace, justice and non-violence as a hallmark of Christian life.

MOR 5141      Problems in the First Commandment in Africa.

In moments of stress Christians tend to lapse into superstition. A sociological study of the hold of traditional beliefs. Examination of certain para-psychological phenomena. Spirit world and spirit power a problem for catechesis.

MOR 5151      African Traditional and Christian Morality (Sem.).

The religious basis of ethical action or dichotomy. Dichotomy between religion and morality as viewed in African traditional religion and Christianity. God, spirits ancestors, the Earth, Masquerades and moral Sanction Idea of divine invitation. Human perfection. Role of the sacred music and dance.

MOR 5162      Inviolability of Human Life – Selected Problems.

The inviolability of human life in the teaching of the Church. The death penalty biblical and traditional perspective philosophical and theological arguments, modern situation. War defensive and offensive. Direct and indirect killing.

MOR 5171      The Problems of Evil .

Evil and the devil. Evil in Scripture. Theology of today and actual scandal of evil. Liberation from evil, symbols and myths in society. African understanding of evil.

MOR 5191      Selected Contemporary Problems in the Society (Sem).

The socio-cultural effects of contemporary problems in the society such as war, hunger, poverty, industrialization, resources, population explosion, etc.

MOR 5211      Marriage, African Traditional and Christian.

Marriage as secular and marriage as divine institution. Biblical teaching on marriage Development of doctrine and practice in the early Church. Brief history of marriage in the Catholic Church African traditional Marriage Rite and the Christian celebration of marriage.

MOR 5222      Theology of Sex: Man and Woman before God.

Modern sex explosion. Sex, the human person and God’s intentions cultural ordering of love and sex. The African situation

MOR 5232      Fertility and Infertility in Marriage.

The importance of fertility, of male descendants in the life of African couples in the light of the Christian teaching of indissolubility of marriage. The problem of childless and polygamous marriage and the witness of Christian family.

MOR 5242      Questions in the Moral Teaching of the New Testament.

The moral teaching of the various parts of the New Testament in their various contexts. Morality and religion in the New Testament and New Testament answers to selected moral questions.

MOR 5252      Divorce, Remarriage, Biblical, Theological, Historical and pastoral Orientations.

A sociological and theological study. Sociological factors that contribute to stability in marriage. Outline history of divorce doctrine in Churches of East and West Pastoral care of the divorce and remarried, and polygamous persons.

MOR 5261      Marriage Situations and Problems in Africa.

Marital problems in Africa such as polygamy, trial marriages, childlessness, bareness and sterility. Infidelity. Parents and parents- in-law. Widow, divorce, changing roles in marriage. The Church’s teaching on marriage.

MOR 5271      The Unmarried Life, Sexual Deviations and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (sem.)

Problem of unmarried life. Sexual deviations like prostitution, homosexual and

lesbian relationships and rape, sexually transmitted diseases, etc.

MOR. 5282:    Christian Faith in the Modern world

This course investigates how Christians can thrive in the midst of different religions and ideologies- Christianity, Judaism, Islam, African Traditional Religion, Hinduism, Capitalism, Atheism, Humanism, Marxist Socialism (Communism), African Socialism, Politics, New economic Orders etc

MOR 5311      Problem in Medical Ethics.

Ethical choices before doctors and nurses. Difficulties in childbirth. Abortion and the right of conscience. Euthanasia, Suicides bid. Terminal patients, Trans-sexual change co-operation between medicine and law enforcement agencies. The doctor/nurse and confidential information concerning his patients. Drug abuse.

MOR 5321      Principles in Biomedical Ethics.

Systematic and comprehensive analysis of ethical principles that apply to medicine, biomedical research and health. Care delivery, e.g. The principle of double effects, totality, autonomy, ordinary and extraordinary treatment, rule of confidentiality. Codes of ethics, etc.

MOR 5331      Medicine and Christian Morality.

Medical moral problem confronting hospital administrators and personnel, physicians, moral teachers and pastoral counselors on human life; surgery, therapy, pregnancy and delivery; sterilization, experimental use of drugs, mental defect, comatose patients, brain death, etc.

MOR 5341      Ethical Perspectives on New Bioethical Issues.

The pace of development in the field of biology and the life sciences has accelerated and has raised new ethical questions. The current attitudes towards abortion, euthanasia, human experimentation, organ transplantation, genetic engineering, procreation and reproduction, life, death, senility, etc need a major reassessment to evaluate their moral implications and effects in Africa.

MOR 5352      Health Care Ethics.

Health care ethics in society, the power of modern medicine to heal humans of physical and mental disease to improve human race, respect for human dignity in respect of sickness and death, drugs and alcohol, prostitution, treatment of rape victims, self-abuse, medical sexual problems and pastoral care.

MOR. 5361:    Medical Ethics

This is geared towards the study of the practice of medicine and moral dilemmas that today confront health professionals and patients; it examines the areas of health care where ethical conflicts most often arise; it lays the groundwork for informed decision-making and unearths the complexities of medical practice e.g. moral mayhem in modern medicine, medical mistakes, informed consent, doctor patient relationship, etc.

MOR 5372:     Medical Systems in Africa.

This course undertakes to study the co-existence of traditional and scientific medical institutions in Africa. The function of traditional medicine. Limited utility of scientific medicine in the areas of psychosomatic disorder, mystical forces and medicine. Traditional and Christian approaches to healing and wholeness.

MOR. 5382:    The fate of the family in Technological Society – (Seminar)

This study provides a coherent analysis of a range of moral questions and social policy issues pertaining to human reproduction and the new reproductive technologies and examines the values and assumptions underlying common perceptions of sexuality and fertility, the value of children, the nature of parenting, the value a genetic link between mothers and their off-springs, the effects of reproductive technologies on the family.



  1. 5011
  2. 5031
  3. 5042
  4. 5051
  5. 5061
  6. 5071
  7. 5082*
  8. 5092*


  1. 5111*
  2. 5122*
  3. 5131
  4. 5141
  5. 5151 *
  6. 5162
  7. 5171
  8. 5191*


  1. 5211
  2. 5222
  3. 5232
  4. 5242
  5. 5252
  6. 5261
  7. 5271*
  8. 5282


  1. 5311
  2. 5322
  3. 5331
  4. 5341
  5. 5352
  6. 5361
  7. 5372
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