Curriculum Objectives

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.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate specialised knowledge of canonical terminology and the ability to apply this knowledge in the context of Church organisations
  • demonstrate specialised knowledge and understanding of the history, nature and sources of the Code of Canon Law (Latin or Eastern), and its relationship with theology and the mission of the Church, as well as the capacity to analyse, consolidate, and synthesise such knowledge, and
  • undertake a detailed analysis and application of those General Norms relevant to the students’ work or interest, demonstrating specialised knowledge in so doing, as well as the capacities for problem solving and application of knowledge in a professional or ministry context.

Assumed Knowledge 

Not applicable

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.


Rev Fr Matthew Muller

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.