MLV3500EN - Intro to Military Ethics

Course description

An ethical overview of military ethical issues including philosophical foundations of military ethics, Just War Theory, military professionalism, and current challenges will be studied.

How this course benefits students

Might does not make right ethically. Also, sometimes intervention, although unfortunate, is the ethical pathway. Professional servicepersonnel have an ethical underpinning. Understanding these dynamics is important for ministry.

Why this course is important

Pillars of ethics and ethical theories flow largely out of religious thought and tradition. It would benefit those working in the military environment to be able to translate biblical foundations to the language of institutional ethics.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Missional Living
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Hal Scott, BCC, Professor of Military Ministry

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Biblical faith is intended to interact with complex issues. Core values are defined, and then through a process of reasoning, careful application is made.

Missionally driven

If those engaged in resolving military ethical dilemmas desire to influence others in this culture, they will desire to guide and shape their colleagues and institutions to act more ethically.

Contextually informed

The military environment is a unique ministry context, and this course will help those involved with resolving ethical dilemmas apply broader biblical principles in this challenging field.

Interculturally focused

A large dynamic in military ethics involves resolving issues with competing and varied cultures. Military ethics seeks to understand and resolve many of these cultural issues.

Practically minded

Ethics asks, what is the right thing to do? It is very practical.

Experientially transformed

Ethics cannot be applied without a case or situation. Learners would bring their cases to the table for discussion and learning and return to their practice with the benefit of that learning.