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GOVC805

Organisations in the Church: Organisational Perspectives

Unit overview and content

This unit will provide detailed analysis of the organisational structure of Church organisations, from an organisational or structural perspective.

Initial attention is given to the way in which an organisation goes through a process of structuring in response to the “rules” within which it exists, the available resources. In particular, it will consider the relationship between “meaning making” in Church organisations, the use of authority as a resource and the civil and canonical “rules”.

Students are given the opportunity to analyse a specific Church organisation through this framework, including:

  • Dioceses, diocesan agencies and parishes
  • Religious Institutes
  • Associations of the Faithful
  • Ministerial Juridic Persons and other ecclesial organisations

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

  • One online discussion forum due end Week 8 – 5 posts exactly (30% of total mark)
  • One minor essay due end Week 9 (30% total mark)
  • One major essay due end Week 13 (40% total mark)
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