Religious Studies III for Teacher Students

30 Credits
First Cycle Level 2
School of Culture and Society
Subject field
Religious Studies (RKA)
Group of Subjects
Religious Studies
Disciplinary Domain
Humanities, 75%
Education, 25%
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study
Religious Studies1
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study
Approved, 17 June 2014.
This syllabus is valid from 17 June 2014.
Revised, 19 January 2015.
Revision is valid from 19 January 2015.


  • Religious Studies I for Teacher Students, 30 credits and Religious Studies II for Teacher Students, 30 credits at First cycle level 1, or equivalent knowledge

Summary in English

After completion of the course, students should be able to:

1. Religion, Identity, Faith and Ideologies: Theory and method

  • demonstrate familiarity with key religious theories and methods
  • problematize aspects related to intersectionality in the reflection on and practice of didactics of religion
  • discuss and reflect on how aspects related to intersectionality can be operationalized in the work with values and rights in a school and society characterized by diversity
  • demonstrate familiarity with the processes that create meaning in increasingly individualized and fragmented life views.

2. Literature course in identity formation

  • demonstrate a deeper understanding of the complexity of identity formation processes, both individual and collective, where religion and belief are key components
  • show theoretical insight into and understanding of how different power aspects and other social processes are important for the individual’s view of him-/herself and others
  • demonstrate analytical skills and a critical attitude in relation to distinctive research fields that have relevance for the field of religious studies
  • show constructive ability to identify problems within the field of religious studies that are of didactic relevance.

3. Theoretical specialisation

  • demonstrate familiarity with, and be able to communicate on, theoretical and methodological knowledge in a specific and demarcated area of religious studies
  • demonstrate a thorough knowledge of a theme or particular tradition that has to do with ethics, the history of religion or the sociology of religion
  • independently identify and formulate a problem against the background of the topic of theoretical processing, and communicate this both orally and in writing
  • demonstrate a critical perspective in terms of knowledge in the area of specialization
  • reflect on their own knowledge process and show an ability to identify those areas in the field of religious studies where they need to develop their skills.

4. Essay

  • demonstrate familiarity with and be able to communicate knowledge about an area of religious studies
  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge about a theme that relates to the ethics, history of religion or sociology of religion, or a particular tradition
  • based on a specific purpose and adequate presentation of a problem, identify, evaluate, and collect relevant source material
  • independently identify, formulate and process problems and communicate this in essay form
  • articulate constructive criticism on texts written by others, as well as respond to criticism and process scientifically their own texts based on relevant criticism
  • demonstrate an awareness of research ethics.