Catholic Worldview Fellowship Curriculum

Students will receive 6 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) from the Faculty of Philosophy of the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum ( Each of these credits corresponds to 25 hours of academic dedication. The 150 hours are distributed as follows:

  • 80 hours: classroom activities (classes, conferences, workshops, seminars)
  • 25 hours: field work (cultural visits [archeological and historic sites] and analysis)
  • 20 hours: group work (discussions, social work [local events, charity, outreach])
  • 5 hours: final presentation (preparation and exposition)
  • 20 hours: personal study (preparatory readings)

General Description

The course is embedded within the Catholic Worldview Fellowship, which seeks to form, network and empower talented students to evangelize culture. It elaborates and transmits the Catholic Worldview through an interdisciplinary study of culture change throughout history and today. Concretely, it consolidates a Catholic Weltanschauung through an analysis of cultural changes from the perspective of faith. The course offers an analysis of the current situation of society, an overview of the religious, ethical and philosophical contexts of culture, and a comprehensive orientation to interpret cultural transformation and Kulturkampf as a theme of western culture. By the end of the course, students will be able to appreciate the roots of Western culture and to apply what they have learned to the reality of their own life.

Lectures from a variety of experts will offer historical, religious, philosophical and ethical perspectives that focus on the role of leaders in a constantly evolving culture. Fieldwork opportunities and cultural outings, will allow students to visit various historical sites relative to these themes and personas. (Aachen, Cologne, Trier, Münster, Xanten, Luxemburg, etc.).


John Bartunek, L.C. (S.Th.D), Gabriel von Wendt, L.C. (Ph.D. cand.), Michael Baggot, L.C. (Ph.D. cand.), guest speakers.



Learning Outcomes

  1. To acquire a general understanding of major developments in European History, focusing on the relationship between religion and culture (content).
  2. To identify and describe forces and patterns that drive culture change (context).
  3. To interpret the reality of society through Catholic Weltanschauung and to respond to cultural challenges accordingly (application).


The didactic nature of the course relies on an interactive methodology, combining lectures, workshops and outings. This enables students to be the protagonists of their own formation. To make this possible, mandatory readings will be assigned in preparation for the course. Since the course is part of a broader program, its components are complemented by additional formation modules such as mentoring and coaching sessions, fieldwork, community building, social outreach and spiritual experiences.

The learning experience will include a creative response to a catalogue of questions about actual cultural challenges. Students will provide their responses in the form of group projects (such as essays, audio-visual presentations, cultural startup initiatives, etc.).


  • Class Participation (25%)
  • Group Project (25%)
  • Oral exam (50%)

Program / Interdisciplinary Content

  1. Introduction: What is Catholic Worldview?
  1. Foundations of Western Culture
    • [Hist] Medieval foundations of Western Culture
    • [Phil] What is Culture? Culture and its impact on human fulfilment
    • [Eth] The History of Ethics and its Enduring Importance
    • [Theol] What is Catholic? The Church as cultural player and her cultivating force
  1. Culture Change and Catholic Leadership
    • [Hist] Church and Culture in Early Modern Times
    • [Hist] Church and Culture in the Age of Revolutions
    • [Hist] Church and Culture in Modern Times
    • [Phil] Romano Guardini: A thinker of the Catholic Worldview
    • [Eth] Introduction to the Catholic Social Doctrine
    • [Theo] Changing Shape of Evangelization throughout the cultural change
    • [Eth] Cultural Courage. Faith as an (individual) Option
  1. Catholic Leadership in Today’s Culture
    • [Phil] Ideologies in Today’s Culture
    • [Hist] “Re-Christianisation” of Europe after 1945 and its Collapse
    • [Phil] Technology, Digitalization and Social Networks
    • [Eth] The Sexual Revolution
  2. Conclusion: The Catholic Culture Leadership

Required Readings

  • Dawson, The Making of Europe (1932), parts I and III (170 pages)
  • Fellowship Anthology of essays or chapters from various authors: Pope Francis, Benedict XVI, St. John Paul II, St. Augustine, I. Kant, F. Nietzsche, R. Guardini, E. Gilson, W.A. Orton, G.K. Chesterton, Blessed Card. von Galen, St. Edith Stein, (around 80 pages)

Recommended readings:

  • Asch, Sacral Kingship between Disenchantment and Re-enchantment – The French and English Monarchies 1587-1688 (2014)
  • Congregation for Catholic Education, Education, Culture, Evangelization, (1985)
  • Dawson, The Making of Europe, part II. (1932)
  • Dawson (Ed. by G.J. Russello), Christianity and European Culture, (1998).
  • Pope Francis, Laudato Si (2015)
  • Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium (2013)
  • Guardini, Letters of Lake Como (1922)
  • Guardini, The End of Modern World (1950)
  • Holmes, The Oxford History of Medieval Europe (2002)
  • Joas, Faith as Option (2012)
  • Lencioni, Five Dysfunctions of a Team (2002)
  • E. Lessing, Nathan the Wise (1779)
  • A. Orton,  America in search of culture (1933)
  • Morris, Why the West Rules – For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future, (2010)
  • Pieper, Leisure: The Basis of Culture (1948)
  • Ratzinger, Introduction to Christianity (1968)
  • Shakespeare, Macbeth (1606)
  • Spengler, The Decline of the West (1918 )
  • Zweig, Decisive Moments in History (1927)

Films: (for potential movie discussion sessions)

  • The Song of Bernadette (1943)
  • The Mission (1986)
  • Molokai (1999)
  • City of God (2002)
  • The Book Thief (2014)
  • Demolition (2015)
  • The Insanity of God (2016)
  • God’s Not Dead II (2016)

For Syllabus PDF, click here.