Governance & Canon Law

All Directed studies, Capstone Units and IMER900 will be offered in all trimesters as required by students.

Units

2020 Availability

GOVC800

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.

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%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

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.

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%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

GOVC802

Structures in the Church: Canonical Perspectives

Unit overview and content

This unit will provide detailed analysis of the organisational structure of Church, with reference to relevant codes of canon law.

Initial attention is given to the obligations and rights of all the Christian faithful as described by canon law.

An understanding of the theological and canonical characteristics of the diocese, as an organisational unit of the Catholic Church, is developed.

The concept of a public juridic person is studied, in relation to a wide range of Church organisations. 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  (30% of total mark)
  • One minor essay due (30% total mark)
  • One major essay (40% total mark)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

GOVC803

Stewardship of Resources in Church Organisations

Unit overview and content

This unit examines the practice of stewardship as it occurs through the bishops’ participation in the threefold munera of sanctifying, teaching and governing.

The biblical foundation of stewardship arises out of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church – Lumen Gentium. The unit opens with an examination of the relationship between the key elements of stewardship and the role of bishop, as prescribed by the Second Vatican Council. Students will consider ways in which ecclesial change in the post-conciliar Church resulted in a move towards a decentralised Church.

The impact on the bishop’s role of governance as vicar of Christ is considered, with particular reference to power and autonomy in decision-making.  This will involve study of The Directory on the Pastoral Ministry of Bishops. The depiction of bishop as shepherd will lead students to consider how the guiding principles of the Directory help shape the bishop’s role in administering the particular Church through acts of governance that are undertaken in direct response to stewardship.

Finally, the study of relevant aspects of Book V of the Code of Canon Law will assist students to understand the concept of ecclesiastical goods and how they are regulated in Church law. The principals of the effective stewardship of temporal goods are considered, with particular focus given to the canonical action of alienation of ecclesiastical property (canons 1290-1298). Students are given the opportunity to explore methods of best practice through a case study of a diocese or religious institute.

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)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

GOVC810

Directed Studies in Canon Law

Unit overview and content

This unit provides the opportunity for specialised study in a particular discipline under the tutelage and guidance of a specialist in the field. It seeks to further the learning experience of the student by engaging in issues aligned with a particular area within canon law in a specialised area of interest to the student.

Study hours    

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of

  • At least 10 hour per week of directed study, including reading, research, consultation with tutor and writing up of assessment tasks.

Teaching methods

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

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Research Proposal (30%)
  • Literature Review (30%)
  • Critical Evaluation (40%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3