This unit serves as an introduction to the canon law of the Catholic Church. Emphasis will be placed on the historical development of the Canon Law and its relationship with theology. The basic content of the unit will be found in the 1983 Code of Canon Law and the unit is designed to provide an overview of this document with particular attention being paid to the basic principles of interpretation of the law and their pastoral application in areas of general relevance such as the People of God and the Sacraments. Topics covered will include General Norms, Persons in the Code of Canon Law, Consecrated Life and the Sacraments, except Orders.

Unit Code: DC2011Y

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Canon Law

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of the history and development of law in the Church


Discourse critically on the inter-relationship between theology and canon law


Critically apply the principles of interpretation of canon law to concrete situations


Demonstrate familiarity with the overall structure and general content of the 1983 Code of Canon Law

Unit sequence

At least one unit in moral theology or equivalent


Lectures, seminars, tutorials


Description Weight (%)

Tutorial paper 1000 words


Tutorial paper 1000 words


2000 word essay


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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-22 15:58:52 +1100