John Paul II in his Polish Context
This course examines the life, thought, and ongoing significance of Karol Wojtyla/Pope John Paul II against the background of the history, culture, and politics of his native Poland.
John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla) was the first Slavic Pope in the history of the Catholic Church and the first non-Italian to occupy that office in more than 450 years. His long pontificate (1978-2005) witnessed profound changes within the Catholic Church, global Christianity, and world affairs (e.g., the collapse of the Soviet Union), in all of which this son of Poland played an important if not decisive role. This course will examine the origins, development, and legacy of Wojtyla’s thought in the context of the history, culture, and politics of his native Poland. Students will attend lectures at the Catholic University of Lublin (where Wojtyla taught), delivered by that university’s faculty (in some cases, people who knew and worked with Wojtyla). In addition to visits to sites in and around Lublin, there will be excursions to Cracow (where John Paul II served as Archbishop), Czestochowa, and Wadowice (his birthplace).
|Estimated Program Cost
||Included in Program Cost
||*Tuition Charge Note
|Program Estimate: $7,075 - $7,375
*Includes Tuition and Administrative Fee
The final program fee will be published here in early December, 2018
There is a $500 deposit - $250 due at the time of application and $250 due by July 31st. Students who begin an application after July 31st will need to submit the full $500 deposit at once. The deposit will be deducted from the total program cost when it is billed in January.
- Course arrangements
- hotel accommodations in twin and triple rooms,
- breakfast daily,
- a main meal most (but not all) days
|For this J-Term Global Studies Course, students will receive 4 credits, but will only be charged for one credit of tuition. The tuition charge is included in the estimate listed, but will appear separately on your bill.
Students from the University of St. Thomas must have taken THEO101 and PHIL115.
Selections from the philosophical, theological, and literary writings of Pope John Paul II supplemented by occasional readings from secondary sources.
Reflection papers (5% and 10%): 15%
Reflection Journal: 20%
Poetry recitation: 10%
Final paper: 25%
Final (oral) examination: 20%
Participation (including language study): 10%
Paul J. Wojda
, University of St. Thomas, (651) 962-5385, e-mail address: PJWojda@StThomas.edu
Kenneth W. Kemp
, University of St. Thomas, (651) 962-5360, e-mail address: KWKemp@StThomas.edu
Description of Faculty Directors
||Professor Wojda, Associate Professor in the Theology Department at the University of St. Thomas, has a B.A. in Government/Political Theory and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Religious Ethics/Moral Theology. He studied abroad as an undergraduate in Austria and has taken UST students to Poland and Ukraine for four previous J-term courses.
||Professor Kemp, Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of St. Thomas, has a Master’s Degree in Slavic linguistics and a Ph.D. in philosophy. As an undergraduate, he studied abroad in the Soviet Union and in Yugoslavia. More recently, he spent a semester in Poland under the Fulbright program. He has taken UST students to Poland for seven previous J-term courses.
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Application Procedures & Deadline
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· All applications received by your home institutions priority deadline will be sent to the faculty immediately. Applications will be taken after that deadline for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1, 2018.
Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2018
For more information on course content, contact: Prof Wojda
or Prof Kemp
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