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Christianity and pop culture

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Course ID: 12-AP08
Erasmus code / ISCED: (unknown) / (unknown)
Course title: Christianity and pop culture
Name in Polish: Christianity and pop culture
Organizational unit: Faculty of Theology
Course groups: (in Polish) Moodle - przedmioty Szkoły Nauk Humanistycznych
AMU-PIE offer, winter semester
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): 6.00 Basic information on ECTS credits allocation principles:
  • the annual hourly workload of the student’s work required to achieve the expected learning outcomes for a given stage is 1500-1800h, corresponding to 60 ECTS;
  • the student’s weekly hourly workload is 45 h;
  • 1 ECTS point corresponds to 25-30 hours of student work needed to achieve the assumed learning outcomes;
  • weekly student workload necessary to achieve the assumed learning outcomes allows to obtain 1.5 ECTS;
  • work required to pass the course, which has been assigned 3 ECTS, constitutes 10% of the semester student load.

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Language: English
Short description: (in Polish)

Presenting of chosen areas of contemporary culture where happens synergy between Christianity and pop culture, and where culture marks it own stigma - pointing the space where Christian values have their own specific place in the contemporary culture.

Full description: (in Polish)

Week 1: Salvation as the most important value. How theological point of view shapes cultural perception of social ideas

Week 2: Incarnation of Christ- Merry Christmas in November. Why we miss for traditional way of Christmas, but on the other side we want to consume everything before the time.

Week 3: Pictures from Hell, Heaven and Purgatory. Normally nobody is taking care about finding to Hell or Heaven, but in the bottom of heart we need to find something like Heaven.

Week 4: The Church- the oldest club in the World. Nobody respects the Church, but in every problematic moment in the world-wide history we are looking for Church opinion. How it is with the Church. Almighty movement or social whipping boy?

Week 5: Europe- the Spiritual Legacy. What Europe does mean today? Is it just a continent, or still has spiritual roots?

Week 6: Propaganda or soft PR. Is it possible to run an advertisement campany without Christian connections?

Week 7: Misticism- being mystic or cynic. Is it possible to find a medium-way in spirituality, between mysticism and being cynical?

Week 8: The Lord Word, so how it was in the very beginning? We know that Bible is, and how it looks? But, do we really know about what Bible is? Week 9: Being the Pilgrim- about contemporary spirituality. We don’t want to have ready answers, instead of this we prefer to find everything valuable on our own conditions. Even, when it hurts.

Week 10: Exorcisms- between horror movie and comedy. Is it really true that exorcisms are real? Or it is just a fairy tale for altar boys?

Week 11: What pop culture can teach the Church? Church had a huge influence on contemporary culture foe ages. How it is now? Culture or Church? Who is more powerful?

Week 12: How to meditate? We don’t want to go to Church, but we still are interested in spiritual life. What can be today the best way for funning spiritual life?

Week 13: Prayer without God. Is it really possible to pray without God? To whom I pray, when God doesn’t exist?

Week 14: Spiritual, clergyman or functionary. We know how priest, nun or pope looks. But what we really know about their real life?

Week 15: Being Happy as a contemporary religion. Happiness is the promise of life without problems. Is it really possible to run life truly happy without problems and suffering? How to measure a Happiness?

Bibliography: (in Polish)

Bruno Ballardini, Gesu lava piu bianco. Ovvero, come la Chiesa inviento il marketing, Minimum Fax, 2014

Shirley MacLaine, The Camino: A journey of the Spirit. Kindle Paulo Coelho, The pilgrimage, kindle Fred Lehr, Clergy Burnout: Recovering From The 70 Hour Week... and Other Self-Defeating Practices, kindle 2005

Learning outcomes: (in Polish)

- training skills of influencing on contemporary culture

- building bridges between Christianity and pop culture in synergical understanding

- finding culture as a space of contemporary arena of world-wide dialogue of human-being condition

- showing world of Christianity as a world of values that shaped contemporary Europe

Classes in period "Academic year 2020/2021, winter semester" (past)

Time span: 2020-10-01 - 2021-02-28
Choosen plan division:

see course schedule
Type of class:
lecture, 30 hours more information
Coordinators: (unknown)
Group instructors: Dawid Stelmach
Students list: (inaccessible to you)
Examination: Course - Graded credit
lecture - Graded credit

Classes in period "Academic year 2022/2023, summer semester" (future)

Time span: 2023-02-27 - 2023-09-30
Choosen plan division:

see course schedule
Type of class:
lecture, 30 hours more information
Coordinators: (unknown)
Group instructors: Dawid Stelmach
Students list: (inaccessible to you)
Examination: Graded credit
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