T5092 – John Paul II in his Polish Context

Lublin, Czestochowa, Krakow, Warsaw
Faculty: Paul Wojda
01/03/19 – 01/30/19

This course examines the life, thought, and ongoing significance of Karol Wojtyła/Pope John Paul II against the background of the history, culture, and politics of his native Poland.

Academic Overview
John Paul II (Karol Wojtyła) 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 Wojtyła’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 Wojtyła taught), delivered by that university’s faculty (in some cases, people who knew and worked with Wojtyła). In addition to visits to sites in and around Lublin, there will be excursions to Cracow (where John Paul II served as Archbishop), Częstochowa, and Wadowice (his birthplace).

Program Fee/Cost
Program fee includes: Transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations in twin and triple rooms, continental breakfast, twenty two mid-day meals and ten dinners. (subject to change).

Students from the University of St. Thomas must have taken THEO101 and PHIL115.

Required Readings
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%

Faculty Directors
Paul J. Wojda, University of St. Thomas, (651) 962-5385, e-mail: PJWojda@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.


Application Procedures & Deadline
· Select the How to Apply link to start your online application.
· 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 Paul Wojda
On application procedures or logistical information, contact your study abroad office.