This unit together with DC9002C Canon Law B aims to provide students with an understanding of the role of law in the life of the Catholic Church. Emphasis will be placed on the development of the law of the Church since apostolic times and its relationship with theology. It is also an introduction to and commentary on current canonical legislation as expressed mainly in the 1983 Code of Canon Law and subsequent legislation, including local legislation. Particular attention will be paid to the basic principles of the interpretation of the law and its pastoral application in selected areas, including legislation concerning governance and relevant areas relating to the exercise of various forms of pastoral ministry.

Unit Code: DC9001C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Canon Law

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the role of law in relation to the dogmatic, moral and pastoral theology of the Church;


Demonstrate a critical understanding of the basic principles of the interpretation of the law and an ability to apply them in concrete pastoral situations.


Show evidence of a working knowledge of the general structure and content of the 1983 Code of Canon Law and an awareness of other current legislation, in particular local legislation;


Critically evaluate the relevance, importance and binding force of specific legislative documents;


Exhibit an understanding of the governance structures of the Church on the universal, diocesan and parish levels, and the modes of accountability at each level;


Undertake a specific research exercise to demonstrate competence in canonical methodology and the ability to apply the law to pastoral situations.

Unit sequence

CT1000C & CT1001C; CT2201C (or equivalent)


Lectures, seminars, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

700 word abstract of proposed research paper

700 10.0

4000 word research paper

4000 50.0
Written Examination

20 minute oral exam accompanied by 1000 word written exam preparation task

1000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 15 Oct, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-19 13:25:44 +1100