This unit provides further examination of the 1983 Code of Canon Law with emphasis on selected topics relevant to an understanding of the role of law in the life of the Church. Topics to be covered include: the Supreme Authority of the Catholic Church; Particular Churches and their Groupings; the Internal Ordering of Particular Churches; Governance; Orders; Sacred Ministers or Clerics; the Teaching Office of the Church; and Temporal Goods. Sanctions in the Church and processes will be covered as required.

Unit Code: DC9012Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Canon Law

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Apply the principles of interpretation of Canon Law to concrete situations


Articulate the principles of law relating to the hierarchical structure and general governance of the Catholic Church


Discuss the laws of the Church relating to the Sacrament of Orders


Demonstrate understanding of major aspects of the laws relating to governance, particular churches, the teaching office of the Church and temporal goods


Critically apply the laws of the church to everyday pastoral situations in parish and diocesan life.

Unit sequence

Canon Law A


Lectures, seminars, tutorials


Description Weight (%)

4000 word essay


Tutorial paper - 1000 words


Tutorial paper - 1000 words


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-22 16:01:11 +1100