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: DC3012Y

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

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


Analyse the relevance of the teaching office of the church in everyday situations


Demonstrate understanding of major aspects of the laws relating to governance, particular churches, the teaching office of the Church and temporal goods (level 3 students).

Unit sequence

Canon Law A DC3011Y


Input from lecturer; class participation through tutorial presentations; discussions; revision questions.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

Tutorial presentation 1000 words

1000 20.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Tutorial presentation 1000 words

1000 20.0

Major Essay 3000 words

3000 60.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-19 14:07:13 +1100