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TITLE Dissertation

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Pastoral Theology, Liturgy and Canon Law

DESCRIPTION The purpose of the dissertation for the attainment of the Masters in Matrimonial Canon Law and Jurisprudence is to develop students’ understanding of, and capacity to critically appraise and apply research skills and methods in one’s critical appraisal of a canonical aspect related to marriage and procedural praxis. The study-unit seeks to furnish students with the skills necessary to conduct their own academic research and to practically apply their acquired knowledge in the forensic field.

Study-unit Aims:

The overall aim of the dissertation is to allow students to extend their understanding of canonical matrimonial doctrine, case law and procedural praxis by pursuing an independent research project on a chosen topic.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
i. read and understand research papers;
ii. sustain an in-depth critical analysis.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
i. critically analyse the subject matter under study and write on related issues;
ii. continue their own research for further specialization and personal formation.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Dissertation

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Dissertation & Oral Examination Yes 100%


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The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.

Augustinian Institute Academic Year 2017-18

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