Advanced Liturgy: Theory and Practice

10 Units

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the origins and development of Christian liturgy, including a special focus on the significant reforms of the Catholic Church’s Second Vatican Council. It affords students the opportunity to study the meaning and theology of liturgy. Key documents underpinning the reform and celebration of the liturgy will be considered. Contemporary questions related to liturgy and worship will be explored. This course will be of interest to a broad range of students, including those who may find it useful in their professional context.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (Seminar - Broken Bay Institute)
Semester 2 - 2014 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online)

Previously offered in 2013


On successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of a wide range of liturgical terms, rites, historical and cultural patterns. 2. Detail the historical shifts and assess the theological and cultural issues that have influenced liturgical rites in the Christian church. 3. Critically evaluate arguments concerning several of the fundamental issues related to liturgical studies. 4. Critically analyse a number of liturgical practices within the context of pastoral liturgy. 5. Demonstrate advanced skills for independent learning using primary and secondary sources related to the study and celebration of the liturgy.


The course will be organised around the following themes:

  1. Liturgy: What is its nature and place in the life of the Christian community.
  2. The Liturgical Assembly, participation and ministry: Who celebrates the liturgy, what are the roles of various liturgical ministries within the worshipping community?
  3. Elements of liturgy: a. Word, song, silence, gesture, ritual and symbol b. The specific place of each element in the action of worship
  4. The celebration of the Eucharist and its historical development.
  5. Overview of liturgical change in 20th century:
  6. Pastoral issues pertaining to liturgy.
Replacing Course(s) THEO6001
Transition Students who have previously completed THEO6001 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT6001.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching Methods Lecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - 2 x 900 words minor essays (15% each) 1 x 2,400 words major essay (40%)
  • Online Discussion - 6 x 300 word contributions (30%)
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Self Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2014 Course Timetables for RELT6001

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