Explores biblical themes, images and metaphors within contemporary popular culture.

You will learn methods for analysing religion within various modes of popular culture, including music, film, TV, art, advertising and the media.

This course will interest you if you want to explore the ways in which biblical themes and biblical characters appear in pop culture. Cultural texts studied may include:

  • Movies such as Noah, Exodus: God and Kings, Pulp Fiction, The Da Vinci Code, Harry Potter and Son of God.
  • Music from artists such as Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Bob Marley and U2.
  • TV shows such as The West Wing, Fargo and Sherlock.
  • Visual arts and advertising images that depict biblical themes and characters.
  • Literature, including The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Lord of the Rings.
  • Politics and social media, including individuals such as Martin Luther King Jr., Russell Brand, Harvey Milk, Aung Sung Suu Kyi and Winston Peters.

You will join a class which is studying Bible and Popular Culture (THEOREL101) as part of an undergraduate degree, but you will not attend tutorials, complete assignments or sit an exam – a no-stress learning opportunity.

Please be aware that the ULC programme is designed as an observer/auditor programme and participants are enrolled as non-credit students. Participants attending a ULC course will be provided with a course outline.

Please be aware that as a non-credit registrant participants are not eligible for:

  • online access to material,
  • purchase work/course books,
  • attend tutorials/labs,
  • complete assignments, or,
  • sit tests/exams.

Limited to 10 CCE participants.

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