The Life and Legacy of St. John Paul II Course Description and Video



(History) The Life and Legacy of St. John Paul II

Total classes: 6
Class dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 12 to Oct. 17
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 AM Mountain; 10:00 AM Pacific)
Duration: 45 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 7th to 8th grade.
Suggested credit: ½ semester History
Fee: $95 if you register on or before July 15, 2017. $115 after July 15 for all 6 classes ($135 after Sept. 4)
Instructor: Kevin O’Brien
Course description: Karol Wojtyla, who became Pope John Paul II, and is now St. John Paul II, was one of the most pivotal figures in both Church history and world history.  In this course we will examine the interplay between his life and his theology, and how both influenced his pontificate.  From his early days as an actor in Nazi occupied Poland, to his work as a philosopher and through his remarkable career as pope, in which he helped to bring an end to communism in the Soviet Union, St. John Paul’s story is exciting, thrilling and fun!  This will be a compelling glimpse into the man and his times.
Course outline:
Week 1 - Introduction and Overview
Week 2 - Early life - Creative Opposition to the Nazis
Week 3 - Priesthood and Papacy - Worldwide Impact
Week 4 - Philosopher and Pastor - How Love of Christ changes Everything
Week 5 - Accomplishments and Criticisms
Week 6 - Legacy and Review
Course materialsEveryday Wisdom from St. John Paul II, and St. John Paul the Great by Jason Evert.
Homework: Completing the assigned reading for each class; weekly quizzes, final exam. Estimated homework time each week: 2 hours.