Details for Church and Not-for-Profit Law

This subject develops the student’s ability to apply non-profit governance and regulation to contemporary church situations. Students will learn about the current legal framework in which Australian Church and NFP organisations operate and will explore the historical relationship between the Church and NFP organisations and society. Students will also analyse the ethical and theological dimensions of the regulation of churches and church-related NFPs, and assess the major public policy issues behind recent and proposed changes to Australian governing NFP’s law.


Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: BUS585
  • Credit points: 10

Prerequisites

The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Church and Not-for-Profit Law

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Outcomes

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Explain the current legal framework in which Australian Church and NFP organisations operate.
  2. Evaluate the historical relationship between the Church and NFP organisations and society.
  3. Analyse the ethical and theological dimensions of the regulation of churches and church-related NFPs.
  4. Assess the major public policy issues behind recent and proposed changes to Australian governing NFP’s law.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to apply non-profit governance and/or regulation to contemporary church situations.

Assessment Methods

Reading responses, Essay, Exam

Representative References

Babie, P. “Theology, Law, and the Australian Legal Academy.” Religion and Education, 38 (2011).

Barraket, J., Strategic Issues for the Not-for-Profit Sector. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2008.

Brinckerhoff, Peter C. Mission-Based Management: Leading Your Not-for-Profit in the 21st Century. Stafford Q: Wiley, 2009.

Gibson, A. and D. Fraser. Business Law 7th edition. Melbourne: Pearson, 2013.

Hudson, Mike and Lyla Rogan, Management without Profit: Leadership, Management and Governance of Third Sector Organisations in Australia. Sydney: UNSW Press, 2006.

Judd, Stephen, Anne Robinson, Felicity Errington and Tim Costello, Driven by Purpose: Charities That Make the Difference. Sydney: Hammond Press, 2012.

Mc Gregor-Lowndes, M. and A. McBratney, “Government Community Service Contracts: Restraining Abuse of Power”, Public Law Review 22, 4 (2011): 279-97.

Mc Gregor-Lowndes, M. and C. Ryan, “Reducing the Compliance Burden of Non-Profit Organisations: Cutting Red Tape”, Australian Journal of Public Administration 68, 1 (2009): 21-38.

O'Connell, A,  F Martin and J Chia, 'Law, Policy and Politics in Australia’s Recent Not-for-profit Sector Reforms' Australian Tax Forum (forthcoming)

Powell Walter W. and Richard Steinberg, eds, The Nonprofit Sector: A Research Handbook 2nd Edition. Yale University Press, 2006.

Productivity Commission, Contribution of the Not-for-Profit Sector. Canberra, 2009.  Available at www.pc.gov.au.

Rivers, Julian The Law of Organized Religions Oxford: OUP, 2010

Seivers, Associations and Clubs Law in Australia and New Zealand 3rd Edition. Annandale NSW: Federation Press, 2010.

Witte, John and Frank Alexander, Christianity and Law: An Introduction, Cambridge University Press, 2008.