THEOREL 101G The Bible in Popular Culture

THEOREL 101G | Open | Semester One 2024 | City Campus | 15 points


An exploration of biblical themes, images, and metaphors in contemporary film, music and cultural arts through which religion and culture intersect. It develops tools appropriate for analysing popular culture, as it moves from the local to the national to the global.

Restriction: THEOLOGY 101, 101G

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Learn and apply basic theories to analyse popular culture.
  2. Understand and explain how the Bible influences popular culture and how popular culture influences interpretations of the biblical texts.
  3. Recognise, analyse and evaluate the ways in which the Bible functions as a cultural resource in a wide variety of contemporary contexts and cultures.
  4. Identify and evaluate some significant Biblical themes and characters as they appear in popular culture texts, including film, music, art, advertising, television and the media; 
  5. Learn the skills of writing an engaging and well-written essay, which others will want to read.

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