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Graduate Diploma in Governance & Canon Law

Graduates will gain an understanding of the complexities of canonical governance through exploring contemporary case studies specifically within an Australian context, through this course.

The Graduate Diploma provides a skill set that is highly relevant for those who govern Catholic Church agencies, assisting graduates by providing critical skills in the implementation of the 1983 Code of Canon Law in governance practice. meet the complex demands of both secular or corporate governance and canon law. Electives in the course are firmly linked to contemporary practice including Lay Leadership in the Church and Work, Employment and Governance.

Graduates will be well-placed to consider ongoing specialist canon law study through our partner institution, the pontifically recognised Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Canada which is regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious universities in the field of canon law.

Course Length

1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent, amounting to 80 credit points.

Course Structure Course Structure - Governance & Canon Law

Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline.
  • Some experience of governance within a Church organisation, either through employment or volunteering OR the capacity to engage with such an organisation to undertake case studies throughout the course.
  • Students with no background in theology will be required to complete THEO800 as a pre or co-requisite to their GOVC units. Prior study is understood to mean any prior study at undergraduate or postgraduate level in theology or a cognate discipline, or a substantial amount of recognised professional development study in theology or a cognate discipline, as assessed by the Course Coordinator on application.
  • English language proficiency.

Entry Pathways

  • Students may enter into the Graduate Certificate of Governance and Canon Law and then decide to complete the Graduate Diploma in Governance and Canon Law by undertaking the equivalent of 40 credit points in elective units.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

  • Up to 40 units of credit are available in this course in accordance with the Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.
  • No RPL is available in this course. 
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