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: DC9011Y

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


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


Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the major aspects of the laws relating to the People of God and the sacraments and the ability to interpret and apply them


Utilise those sections of the 1983 Code of Canon Law that apply to specific pastoral situations.


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

5000 word essay

5000 60.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Tutorial presentation 1000 words

1000 20.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-19 13:34:22 +1100