Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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.


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.


This course replaces THEO6037. If you have successfully completed THEO6037 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: 2 x Essays / Written Assignments