Faith on Your iPod: Introduction to Media Literacy, Saturday Nov 6, 2010 at LMU

Media literacy education, or media mindfulness, is about learning skills to navigate popular, media culture through the dual lens of faith and critical thinking. Media literacy leads to media mindfulness: thoughtful media choices for intentional living. Media literacy provides a values-based strategy based on social analysis and theological reflection to build character and contribute to culture and vital citizenship. Media literacy education in the faith community explores Church teaching about media and communication and contributes to understanding culture and a multiplicity of meanings in the world of digital story telling.

Sister Rose Pacatte, FSP, is the director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Culver City. She is the film/TV columnist for St. Anthony Messenger magazine, and a contributor to the National Catholic Reporter, The Tidings, and ParishWorld.net. Rose is also the award-winning co-author of the Lights, Camera, Faith series on film and scripture, and the co-author, with Sr. Gretchen Hailer, RSHM, of Media Mindfulness: Educating Teens about Faith and Media, and most recently, Our Media World; Teaching Kids K-8 about Faith and Media.

Click here To register for one day Intro to Media Literacy Course Saturday, Nov 6

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Loyola Marymount University Campus

University Hall, 1815

9:30am – 3:30om

Tuition: $50.00

Church & Communication Online Course Begins January 11, 2009

This is to let you know that the University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (http://vlc.udayton.edu) is offering this course beginning on January 11, 2009. The course description and information is below. I am the facilitator for the course for this session and it is one of my favorites. Do you know the Church’s real attitude toward the media – or think you know it? Consider joining our class and discover the joy of communication’s theology, spirituality, and their pastoral and educational dimensions.

Church and Communication

Course Level: Advanced

Course Summary

This is an ADVANCED level course and should not be attempted without sufficient grounding in the basics of the Catholic faith.

Media dominates modern culture. Everyone is immersed in communication technologies in ways that are expanding at a phenomenal pace. What does the Church have to say about this reality for our times? This course is designed for catechists, pastoral ministers, clergy and all those who seek a greater understanding of the Church’s attitude, teaching and mission regarding entertainment and information media, including the theology and spirituality that underpins this teaching. Therefore the course relies heavily on Church documents to discuss issues such as what communication means and how it works, the history of communication within the Church, and pastoral planning for communication.

Successful completion of this course earns 2.5 CEU’s. Click here for more information about CEU’s.

General Course Objectives

  • Understand the historical context of communication and communication media in the Church
  • Identify and name key Church documents on communication and themes and how they relate to other significant ecclesial documents
  • Explain the role of Vatican Council II in the Church’s understanding and approach to communication and media and what this means for today
  • Implement and apply significant teachings to pastoral situations and planning

Course Materials

  • No books required. All readings are online.

Course Structure and Highlights

  • Week 1: Introduction to Communication Documents
    • Name some key Church documents on communication and understand major themes of these documents
    • Begin to understand what communication is and how it functions in society
    • Relate these themes to one’s own spiritual journey
  • Week 2: The Media: Sources of information and entertainment and how they function in society
    • Begin to see the historical context of communication and communication media in the Church
    • Explain the responsibility of the media to promote the common good
    • See communication as a process that can facilitate and unite all ministries
  • Week 3: The History of Communication in the Church: Documents and Overview
    • Better understand the historical context of communication and communication media in the Church
    • Explain the role of Vatican Council II in the Church’s understanding and approach to communication and media and what this means for today
    • Verbalize the responsibility of the media to always speak the truth and understand that the media can play a role in helping all to become holy
  • Week 4: The Theology and Spirituality of Communication
    • See the Incarnation as God’s self-communication to the world
    • Understand that our response to Christ and our praise of God are rooted in communication
    • Verbalize positive aspects of media and begin to see its potential for the proclamation of the Gospel message in the modern world
  • Week 5: Pastoral Planning for Communication
    • Appreciate the absolute necessity of making use of media in positive ways
    • Apply significant teachings to pastoral situations and planning
    • Refer to published guidelines for social communications planning
 
     

 
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Media, Faith & Values Online Course begins 10/19/08

Hi everyone,

This course is sponsored by the University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation:  http://vlc.udayton.edu. If you would like to join this course (which I will be facilitating if we have enough students), please visit http://vlc.udayton.edu , scroll to the bottom of the front page, and follow through. You can create a student profile even if you decide not to register at this time.

Please sign up as soon as you can. Next time I will let you know sooner!

Blessings!

R

 

Media, Faith, and Values

Course Level: Intermediate

Course Summary

Understanding the relationship between our mass media, contemporary culture, and faith formation is essential for anyone involved in religious education. In this course we will analyze our media environment and ways in which it shapes our worldview, values and behavior. The role played by myth, symbol and ritual both in the media and in the transmission of faith will be explored. Implications for religious education and pastoral ministry will be examined. Students will develop the skills needed to integrate media awareness into religious education programs in the school and parish.

Successful completion of this course earns 2.5 CEU’s. Click here for more information about CEU’s.

General Course Objectives

  • To examine the impact of our media environment on our worldview, beliefs, values and behavior
  • To explore the implications for religious education and pastoral ministry
  • students will be able to have insight into the relationship between our culture, the media and faith and values formation
  • students will be able to have awareness of the power of story, myth, image and ritual in faith and values formation
  • students will be able to have greater knowledge about the mass media and how they work
  • students will be able to have understanding of the relevance to faith and values formation of issues such as advertising manipulation, violence in the media, impact of media on the family

Course Materials

  • Required Book: Zukowski, Angela Ann and Pierre Babin The Gospel in Cyberspace: Nurturing Faith in the Internet Age $15.95 (Loyola Press, 2001) ISBN: 0-8294-1740-0
  • Required Book: Fore, William F. Mythmakers: Gospel, Culture & the Media. $7.95 (Friendship Press, NY, 1999). ISBN: 0-377-00207-0
  • Optional Book: Fowler, James Stages of Faith $16.00 (Harper, San Francisco, 1981). ISBN: 0-06-062866-9
  • Course Materials available at the VLCFF Amazon Store.

Course Structure and Highlights

  • Week 1: Introduction to Myth and Culture
    • Myth and the search for meaning
    • The role of myth in the evolution of culture
    • How communication shapes culture
  • Week 2: How Culture Shapes Our Meanings
    • The primary characteristics of U.S. culture.
    • The role the mass media have played in shaping that culture.
    • How culture “shapes our meanings.”
  • Week 3: World Views in Conflict: Gospel Values and Cultural Values
    • The compelling array of “worldviews” available on television for youth in the light of the gospel message.
    • We’ll reflect on some of the myths of our culture regarding information and entertainment media productions.
  • Week 4: Reading Media Texts
    • Learn from William Fore’s “How to Read Television.”
    • Read and discuss an article that tells us how to “read” all media texts, whether newspapers, magazines, TV programs, movies, Web sites or computer games
  • Week 5: A Christian Response to Our Media Environment
    • Understand media culture through the lens of the pastoral document [i]Aetatis Novae[/i]
    • Begin to think of creative, concrete ways of engaging in an open-minded yet critical use of media
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