RELT6037

Advanced Canon Law 1

10 Units

Whilst today we are readily familiar with secular law, a number of the world’s largest religious traditions also posit particular religious laws, such as Sharia law in Islam and Canon Law in Catholicism. This course provides students with the opportunity for advanced study in Canon Law, including the general norms of canon law; principles and processes; judicial and administrative procedures; various offices, goods, sanctions, structures and ministries of the Catholic Church. It will be of interest to a variety of students, including those who hold pastoral and leadership positions within various Roman Catholic organisations who need understand both canon and secular law as well as those who wish to explore the intersection between Roman Catholicism and secular law in a critical manner.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science
Availability

Not currently offered

Objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Demonstrate advanced understanding of the development of Canon Law and how it regulates dioceses, parishes and religious institutions and the sacramental life of the churches, as well as its teaching functions; 2. Examine those canons regulating the recording of the sacraments of confirmation, ordination, and marriage in the candidate’s baptism certificate; articulate who can confer sacraments; 3. Reflect on matter and form for validity of sacraments; canonical requirements for general absolution and the lawful and valid marriage celebrations; discuss the irregularities for the exercise of orders; 4. Explain how the Roman Church regulates loss of the clerical state; the rights and duties of the Diocesan Administrator; 5. Discuss how Canon law can change; provide examples of juridical persons and ecclesiastical goods.

Content

The course will be organised around the following themes:

  1. The origins and development of canon law.
  2. Canon law and the sacraments.
  3. Canon law, pastoral care, and administration in Roman Catholic organisations.
  4. Specific issues within canon law.
Replacing Course(s) THEO6037
Transition Students who have previously completed THEO6037 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT6037.
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 - 3,000 words (50%) 3,000 words (50%)
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 2015 Course Timetables for RELT6037

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