This unit, together with DC9001C Canon Law A, aims to provide the students with an understanding of the role of law in the Catholic Church and its relationship with theology through a further examination of the 1983 Code of Canon Law and later legislation, including the 1990 Code of Canon Law of the Eastern Churches. Topics to be treated include the law, both universal and local, relating to the administration of the Sacraments, temporal goods and the teaching office of the Church. Sanctions and processes in the Church will be covered if or when required. Students will consider examples of the application of the law in practical pastoral situations.

Unit Code: DC9002C

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


Interpret the canons in their context and to understand their relationship to other canons;


Apply the law of the Church to concrete situations with pastoral sensitivity and an awareness of the requirements of the law;


Show evidence of a detailed understanding of the requirements for the valid and lawful administration of the Sacraments;


Elaborate a general understanding of the governance and legislation of the Eastern Catholic Churches;


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

Unit sequence

DC9001C and at least one of CT2121C/3121C; CT2131C/3131C; CT2141C/CT3141C


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 13:22:55 +1100