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GOVC801

Introduction to Canon Law and General Norms

Unit overview and content

This unit provides opportunities for students to develop a foundational knowledge and understanding of canon law.

The fundamental principles of canon law, as well as its application, are studied in various Catholic Church organisations and contexts.

Students have the opportunity to consider the particular context in which they work, or have a particular interest, while analysing their understanding of Church governance, in a canonical framework.

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

  • Canon Law Discussion Forum (20%)
  • Canon Law Discussion Forum (20%)
  • Wiki glossary (30%)
  • Canon Law Essay (30%)
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