Moral Inquiry - Year 9 MVPS

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Moral Inquiry - Year 9 MVPS

A Christian understanding of the human person says that people have a natural sense of what they should or should not do. This relates to the idea of conscience; the idea of a person as a whole, body, soul and intellect, trying to make judgments about right and wrong. It is in conscience that a person makes the final choice for their moral path and decisions.

Elliot, P J (ed) 2003, To Know, Worship and Love: Year 10 (2nd ed), James Goold House Publications, East Melbourne, p. 180.

Moral decision making is the ability to produce a reasonable and defensible answer to an ethical question or situation.

Moral Decisions
Inquiry
Research Strategy

Moral Decisions

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Inquiry

Inquiry based learning is a constructivist approach where the overall goal is for students to make meaning. Inquiry for this topic is question based and followed up by using research skills.

Lutheran Education Queensland (via ACARA)

Inquiry skills

Research Strategy

Below are some useful steps for how to create the research strategy for your inquiry.

  • Determine the key question and/or concepts suggested by the question.
  • Identify what sort of information you need.
  • Identify where you will find the information you need.
  • Identify how you will find and access that information.
  • Evaluate the information you find.
  • Organise and use the information appropriately.
  • Review, communicate and present the information.

The concept of keywords will be extremely relevant for you during this process. Think about the topic of your inquiry and identify any keywords associated with it. Build a list of those keywords and use it to search for content when conducting your research; try different combinations.


Choose one of the following moral issues to conduct further research on. 

A copy of the task sheet can be found here.

Pandemic
Discrimination
Mars Colonisation
Freedom of Speech
Eugenics
A.I.
Child Labour
Animal Testing

Discrimination

Choose one particular focus of discrimination from the following. Racial discrimination looks at racial and ethnic inequality and includes the #BlackLivesMatter campaign. The proposed Religious Discrimination Bill will potentially affect people of faith, Indigenous peoples, women, people with disabilities and LGBTQIA+ people.

Racial discrimination

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Fr Ben speaks on discrimination from the Church's point of view.

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Religious Discrimination Bill

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Fr Ben speaks on discrimination from the Church's point of view.

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Mars Colonisation

What moral questions arise when considering colonising other planets? Do we have a moral imperative to support human life by expanding our civilisation into space or would it be unethical to assume our own importance is greater than that of any other life that may exist?

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Fr Ben speaks on the colonisation of Mars from the Church's point of view.

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Freedom of Speech

What are the moral limits to freedom of speech and should there be accompanying responsibilities? Does freedom of speech mean freedom from consequences?

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Fr Ben speaks about free speech from the Church's point of view.

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Eugenics

Is it moral to try to improve the genetics of humanity as a whole through selective breeding? Who decides what is "best" for the human race?

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Fr Ben speaks about eugenics from the Church's point of view.

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A.I.

When machines develop the ability to learn and simulate intelligence and independent thought, do we then have a moral obligation to them as sentient beings? Is there a danger to humanity in creating artificial intelligence?

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Fr Ben speaks about A.I. from the Church's point of view.

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Child Labour

There is a moral duty to children everywhere in regards to maintaining their dignity and safe physical and mental development. What does the Church say about what we can do to help?

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Fr Ben speaks about child labour from the Church's point of view.

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Animal Testing

Is it right to conduct tests on living animals, where those tests are likely to cause them pain, suffering, or lasting harm? Do we have a responsibility to animals to treat them humanely?

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Fr Ben speaks about animal testing from the Church's point of view.

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