Advanced Media Literacy Course 2016

PCMS Sony 7_12

Our 2012 participants! L to R Sr. Jennifer, Sr. M. Thecla, Clair, Kathy, Diana (Singapore), Liz (Singapore) and Dione. (Not shown: Carol Shelton and Sr. Rose)

We are pleased to announce that the Advanced Certificate in Media Literacy will take place from Sunday, July 17 – Saturday, July 23, 2016.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to Media Literacy Education
  • Core Concepts & Key Questions of Media
  • Media Literacy & Media Mindfulness
  • Theology & Spirituality of Communication
  • Becoming Cultural Mystics
  • Philosophy/Ideology & the Media
  • Film History and Analysis
  • Popular Culture, Music and Advertising
  • Influence of Digital Culture on Faith
  • Online Safety
  • Seminar on How to Prepare Electronic Presentations (on request)

The teaching staff includes: Sister Rose Pacatte, FSP, nationally recognized media literacy educator, Sr. Nancy Usslemann, FSP, specialist in music and popular culture, Joan Doyle, Master Catechist and author, Sr. Jennifer Hyatt, FSP, master catechist on spirituality and theology of communication, the Rev. Scott D. Young on the history of cinema.

A certificate in Media Literacy will be awarded at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in September 2016 upon completion of the course and final project to be submitted no later than August 20, 2016. (If you cannot be present we will send your certificate to you.)

The National Directory for Catechesis (1995) lists five ways catechists are to bridge faith and culture with media:

  • Become media literate
  • Make popular media the subject of catechesis
  • Use media in catechesis
  • Advocate for authentic media in the public sphere
  • Produce media in every parish

Media literacy education is an educational and faith formation imperative for the 21st century.

Fee: $225.00

The deadline for registration is July 5, 2016

One full scholarship is available for one bi-lingual student who teaches in at least two languages. Please note on your application that you are seeking the scholarship.

Fee includes text books (except the National Directory for Catechesis) and a flash drive with all presentations; continental breakfasts, coffee breaks, two suppers (lunch is on your own), and tour of Sony Studios.

Please note: Each student is required to bring a laptop computer (with wireless Internet capability if possible) and is able to use it competently before the course begins. Please arrive early to “plug in”. This is a paperless course. At this time a laptop is essential (rather than an iPad or other tablet.) We will give you a flash drive with all materials except the books as noted above. We will provide a nice continental breakfast and snacks. Lunch is from 12noon – 1pm – please bring your own or there are several eateries nearby. If the weather good you can eat outside on our patio or in the conference room. We have coffee, tea, and water. Please bring your own water bottle.

For more information please contact Sr. Nancy Usslemann at








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