Unit overview and content

This unit provides an introduction to the principles and practices of liturgy and its underpinning theology within the Catholic tradition. It examines the nature of Christian ritual and liturgy, and its origins and development. There is a special focus on the significant reforms of the Second Vatican Council through a critical exploration of key liturgical documents and rites, including an overview of the sacraments. Students will explore a variety of questions and issues concerning contemporary liturgy.

Assumed Knowledge 

THEO800 & THEO801

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week session, 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.


Prof Gerard Moore

Teaching methods

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

Indicative Assessment

At the Institute we use a range of assessment tasks, including essays, research papers, online posts, critical reflections, projects and praxis exercises. Within a unit of study each set of assessment tasks is designed as an integral part of your learning experience. These tasks vary across units and programs. All assessment tasks are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework level appropriate for graduate awards.