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Introduction to Governance for Mission, Ministry and Work in the Church

Unit overview and content

This unit provides opportunities for students to develop a foundational knowledge and understanding of governance in Catholic Church organisations. 

Theoretical insights from selected organisational research will be explored for their relevance to the variety of ways in which governance is exercised in the Church’s different contexts and organisational arrangements.  In particular it will focus on the relationship between governance, mission, ministry and work.

The unit will challenge students to relate their knowledge of Church governance to a particular Church setting in which governance is practised. They will be encouraged to make connections to studies in Canon Law where relevant.

Study hours    

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments. 

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Governance Discussion Forum (30%)
  • Organisational Structure Essay (30%)
  • Major Church Governance Essay (40%)


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