THL580 Religious And Values Education: Media, Popular Culture And The Arts (16)

This subject recognises that popular culture is the primary medium for the construction of self and community and for the ongoing human processes of meaning making. It clarifies the nature of the relationship between the sacred and the profane and provides opportunities for reflection about the nature of theology, through examining the theological significance of particular forms of popular culture. The study of Media, Popular Culture, and the Arts provides an opportunity to reflect on ones own cultural experience and practice in ways that might generate transformative insights into the conduct of everyday life.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL580. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Theology

Enrolment Restrictions

Master of Arts (Religious and Values Education) and Master of Ministry students only.

Assumed Knowledge

THL470, THL471, THL472, THL473, THL474, and THL479. For Master of Ministry Students, this subject requires that you have an understanding of curriculum development. MMin students must demonstrate a requisite knowledge of this field prior to enrolling in any RaVE subjects

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss critically the role of media and the arts in forming popular culture, and the significance of this for religious and values education
  • be able to recognize, analyze, and discuss religious symbols, images, myths, rituals, themes, and codes within various media, popular culture and the arts
  • be able to develop curriculum materials that engage with media, popular culture and the arts
  • be able to draw upon their understanding of cultural variables (class, gender, and race) for the development and evaluation of religious and values education programs
  • be able to demonstrate high level personal autonomy and accountability
  • be able to demonstrate communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional implications to colleagues and students


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Culture, Christianity and the Arts
  • Theological and methodological considerations
  • Aesthetics and religious experience
  • Digital media
  • Social media
  • Music; Photography
  • Architecture. Memorials and worship spaces
  • The visual arts
  • The verbal and literary arts
  • Theology and Film


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.