The course is embedded within the Catholic Worldview Fellowship, which seeks to form, network and empower talented students to evangelize culture. It elaborates and transmits the Catholic Worldview through an interdisciplinary study of culture change throughout history and today. Concretely, it consolidates this Catholic Weltanschauung in the students by looking on culture changes in history from the perspective of faith. Through this, they acquire a comprehensive orientation to interpret cultural change and even Kulturkampf as a theme of western culture.
The students learn to appreciate the roots of Western culture; by analyzing the current situation of our society they learn to understand the religious, ethical and philosophical context of culture; and by projecting the responses to future challenges they apply that knowledge to the reality of their own life.
Classes by different experts take historical, religious, philosophical and ethical perspectives to focus on the role of leaders in the constantly evolving culture. Through numerous occasions for fieldwork and cultural outings, those figures are not only studied from a theoretical perspective but experienced on the very historical sites where they lived and acted (Aachen, Cologne, Trier, Münster, Xanten, Luxemburg, etc.).
The didactical concept of the course provides an interactive methodology, combining lectures, workshops and outings. This enables students to be the protagonists of their own formation. To make this possible mandatory readings are assigned in preparation for the course. Since the course is part of a broader program, its components are complemented by additional formation modules such as mentoring and coaching sessions, fieldwork, community building, social outreach and spiritual experiences.
The learning experience of the course condensates in creative responses to a catalogue of questions about actual cultural challenges that the students have to deliver in form of group projects (such as essays, audio-visual presentations, cultural startup initiatives, etc.).
– Class Participation (25%)
– Group Project (25%)
– Oral exam (50%)
– 10 hours personal study
– 35 hours conferences and discussions
– 15 hours field work
– 15 hours workshops
1. Acquire a general understanding of major developments in European History, focusing on the relationship of religion and culture (content).
2. To identify and describe forces and patterns that drive culture change (context).
3. To interpret reality of society through Catholic Weltanschauung and to respond to cultural challenges according to it (application).
1 Introduction: What is Catholic Worldview?
2 Foundations of Western Culture
2.1 [Hist] Medieval foundations of Western Culture
2.2 [Phil] What is Culture? Culture and its impact on human fulfilment
2.3 [Eth] The History of Ethics and its Enduring Importance
2.4 [Theol] What is Catholic? The Church as cultural player and her cultivating force
3 Culture Change and Catholic Leadership
3.1 [Hist] Church and Culture in Early Modern Times: Reformation
3.2 [Hist] Church and Culture in Modern Times: Revolution
3.3 [Phil] Modernism and its effects on Religion
3.4 [Eth] Faith as an (individual) Option within the Modern world
3.5 [Hist] “Re-Christianization” within the Modern world
3.6 [Phil] Romano Guardini: A thinker of the Catholic Worldview
3.7 [Eth] Introduction to the Catholic Social Doctrine
4 Catholic Leadership in Today’s Culture
4.1 [Phil] Ideologies in Today’s Culture
4.2 [Phil] The responsibility of a Catholic Worldview: Catholic Leadership
4.3 [Theo] St. Edith Stein and Cardinal von Galen: Catholic Resistance
4.4 [Eth] The Sexual Revolution: Catholic Challenges
4.5 [Phil] Technology, Digitalization and Social Networks: Catholic Engagement
5 Conclusion: The Catholic Leadership in Culture
What is Culture?
Church and Culture in Early Modern Times: Reformation
Faith as an (individual) Option within the Modern world
“Re-Christianization” within the Modern world
Introduction to the Catholic Social Doctrine
Technology, Digitalization, Social Network
Students will receive a COURSEPACK with sections from the following works (175 pages):
– AUGUSTINE, The City of God, XIX.
– BENEDICT XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 2009.
– Spe Salvi, 2007.
– DE BOTTON, A., Religion for Atheists, 2012.
– DANIÉLOU, J., The Lord of History. Reflections on the Inner Meaning of History, 1958.
– DAWSON, C., The Judgement of the Nations, 1942.
– The Making of Europe, 1932.
– Understanding Europe, 1960.
– ELIOT, T.S., Notes towards the Definition of Culture, 1949.
– FOOTE, D., Romano Guardini: The Essence of a Catholic Worldview, 2013.
– FRANCIS, Evangeli Guadium, 2013.
– V. GALEN, C.A. CARD., Sermon 3 August 1941, in St. Lambert’s Church, Münster.
– GREEN, S., The European Identity, 2016.
– GUARDINI, R., Letters from Lake Como, 1927.
– JOAS, H., Faith as an Option, 2012.
– KANT, I., What is Enlightenment?, 1784
– KREEFT, P., How to win the Culture War, 2002.
– NIEBUHR, H.R., Christ and Culture, 1956.
– NIETZSCHE, F., Thus Spoke Zarathustra, 1883.
– ORTON, W.A., America in Search of Culture, 1933.
– RATZINGER, J. CARD., Christianity and the Crisis of Cultures, 2005.
– RENO, R.R., Resurrection the Idea of a Christian Society, 2016.
– STEIN, E., Letter to Pope Pius VI, 1933.
Literature for further Consulting:
– ASCH, R., Sacral Kingship between Disenchantment and Re-enchantment. The French and English Monarchies 1587-1688, 2014.
– BAUM, W. CARD. – CONGREGATION FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATION, Education, Culture, Evangelization, 1985.
– DAWSON, C., Dynamics of World History, 1978.
– Progress and Religion, 1931.
– FRANCIS, Laudato Si, 2015
– GROSSBÖLTING, T., Der verlorene Himmel: Glaube in Deutschland seit 1945, 2013.
– GUARDINI, R., The End of the Modern World, 1950
– HOLMES, G., The Oxford History of Medieval Europe, 2002.
– LESSING, G.E., Nathan the Wise, 1783.
– MORRIS, I., Why the West Rules – For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future, 2010.
– MURA, G., Fede, Culture e non Credenza, 2004.
– PIEPER, J., Leisure: The Basis of Culture, 1948.
– RATZINGER, J., Introduction to Christianity, 1968.
– SHAKESPEARE, W., Macbeth,1606.
– SPENGLER, O., The Decline of the West, 1918.
– ZWEIG, S., Decisive Moments in History, 1927.
– The Song of Bernadette (1943)
– The Mission (1986)
– Molokai (1999)
– City of God (2002)
– The Book Thief (2015)
– Demolition (2016)