Theology in Film

Theology in Film

Theology in Film

Grade Level: 12
Prerequisites: Theology I and II, Catholic Way of Life or Catholic Life and Leadership
First Semester 50361 (S1); Second Semester 50362 (S2)

Theology in Film is a Semester Elective of the Theology Department. The overall goal of the course is that students will be able to identify traditional theological questions, along with traditional theological answers, even in contemporary Hollywood productions. We will view films both “about” the Catholic Church and films “not about” the Catholic Church, to establish a cultural pattern of common questions arising from the human experience. The class will expose students to films from both “classic” as well as contemporary Hollywood. Students will propose and submit a Semester Research Project on an approved topic having to do with theology and culture. In addition to the films viewed, students will also read the text Finding God in the Movies: 33 Films of Reel Faith by Catherine M. Barsotti and Robert K. Johnston.