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Intercultural Understanding, Religion and Social Cohesion

 

Programme of Studies: Intercultural understanding, religion and social cohesion.

Target group:

Level of the unit:

Entrance requirements:

Number of ECTS credits: 30

Competences to be developed:

  • critical awareness of the dimensions of his/her own cultural identity.
  • critical thinking and individual reflection.
  • creating a secure learning environment which fosters self-expression, marked by tolerance, empathy, and sensitivity to different cultural and religious sources of human diversity.
  • intercultural communicative competence and the ability to communicate with others and enter into a dialogue.
  • capacity to explore various expressions of faith and interpretations of life, and sensitivity meeting delicate and controversial issues raised.
  • awareness of different representations of diversity.
  • awareness of cultural and minority issues (home/family issues, gender, dietary) in education.
  • planning, implementing and evaluating teaching of religion, philosophy and ethics in intercultural settings.

 

The course consists of three 10 ECTS modules. Please see form for individual modules for a more detailed description of learning outcomes and educational activities.

 

 

Learning outcomes

Educational activities

Assessment

Estimated

student work time in hours

Module 1:

 

Theoretical understandings of culture and identity, intercultural understanding and the relation between religion, society and culture.

 

The teaching is carried out in an interaction between introductions by the lecturer, group work, and presentations by students followed by feedback, class discussions, exercises, analysis and putting into perspective the material studied. Didactic elements are included in all three modules.

 

One study product covering the aim and central knowledge and proficiency areas.

(Work requirement for the course, forms basis for final exam)

300

Module 2:

 

Major world religions in their diversity, with emphasis on their different expressions as they are represented in the European context.

 

The teaching is carried out in an interaction between introductions by the lecturer, group work, and presentations by students followed by feedback, class discussions, exercises, analysis and putting into perspective the material studied. Didactic elements are included in all three modules.

 

One study product covering the aim and central knowledge and proficiency areas.

 

(Work requirement for the course, forms basis for final exam)

300

Module 3:

 

Philosophical and non-religious interpretations of life as they have influenced European societies.

 

The teaching is carried out in an interaction between introductions by the lecturer, group work, and presentations by students followed by feedback, class discussions, exercises, analysis and putting into perspective the material studied. Didactic elements are included in all three modules.

One study product covering the aim and central knowledge and proficiency areas.

 

(Work requirement for the course, forms basis for final exam)

 

Written assignment on the basis of a draw between approved study products.

Oral examination

of the duration of 45 minutes.

 

300

 

Module 1: Culture, religion and society

Target group:

Level of the unit:

Entrance requirements:

Number of ECTS credits: 10

Competences to be developed:

awareness of the processes which produce culture and religions and their dynamics.

awareness of the influence of religion and world views on cultural values

cultural literacy.

communicative skills in a culturally diverse setting.

 

 

Learning outcomes

Educational activities

Assessment

Estimated

student work time in hours

Various theories on culture, identity, and ethnicity.

 

 

The teaching is carried out in an interaction between introductions by the lecturer, group work, and presentations by students followed by feedback, class discussions, exercises, analysis and putting into perspective the material studied.

 

 

 

One study product covering the aim and central knowledge and proficiency areas of the module.

 

 

The study product forms the basis for the final exam of the whole course (30 ECTS)

60

Issues in sociology of religion.

60

Theories of intercultural and religious literacy.

 

60

Notions of pluralism, multiculturalism, diversity and political trends, particularly in relation to education.

60

Religious and intercultural education in Europe.

 

 

60

 

Suggested readings (or equivalent) for Module 1:

Fenn, Richard K. (2001) The Blackwell Companion to Sociology of Religion. (Oxford: Blackwell.

Jackson, Robert (2003) International perspectives on Citizenship, Education and Religious Diversity. London: RoutledgeFalmer.

Heimbrock, Hans Günter et.al. (eds). (2001) Towards Religious Competence: Diversity as a Challenge for Education in Europe. Münster: Lit Verlag.

Keast, John (ed.) (2007) Religious Diversity and Intercultural Education: a Reference Book for Schools. Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing.

McGuire, Meredith (1997) Religion. The Social Context. Belmont: Wadsworth.

Nesbitt, Eleanor (2004) Intercultural Education. Ethnographic and Religious Approaches. Brighton: Sussex Academic Press.

Woodrow, Derek et al. Eds. (1997) Intercultural education: Theories, Policies and Practice. Aldershot: Ashgate.

 

Name of the module 2. Major religions in Europe

Target group:

Level of the unit:

Entrance requirements:

Number of ECTS credits:

Competences to be developed:

  • to encourage pupils to be sensitive to religion and the religious dimensions of life.
  • awareness that religion is not confined solely to the private sphere.
  • analyse, assess and discuss assertions with a religious content with a view to carry out the teaching of religion at the premises of the school.
  • relate to the importance of major world religions to the core values in the European context.

 

Learning outcomes

Educational activities

Assessment

Estimated

student work time in hours

Theories of religions and aspects of religious life and practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The teaching is carried out in an interaction between introductions by the lecturer, group work, and presentations by students followed by feedback, class discussions, exercises, analysis and putting into perspective the material studied.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One study product covering the aim and central knowledge and proficiency areas of the module.

 

 

The study product forms the basis for the final exam of the whole course (30 ECTS)

20

Religious and intrareligious diversity.

20

Major world religions in the modern world with an emphasis on European issues

 

 

 160

The religions and the cultural and historical influence of their various directions.

The various expressions of the religions in e.g. forms of life, rituals, symbols, art and narratives.

Basic characteristics of religious academic methods, e.g. critical, comparative, sociological method.

20

The relationship between the subject of science and the teaching subject.

20

Approaches to teaching religious education such as phenomenological, interpretive, dialogical and contextual, systematic and comparative approaches.

20

The relationship between Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Europe.

20

Religion and migration

20

 

 

Suggested readings (or equivalent) for Module 2:

Abu-Rabi. Ibrahim M., ed. (2006) Blackwell introduction to Contemporary Islamic Thought.  London: Blackwell.

Bates, Dennis, et al, eds. (2006) Education, Religion and Society. Essays in Honour of John M. Hull. London: Routledge.

Berg, Herbert, ed. (2003) Method and Theory in the Study of Islamic Origins. Brill.

McGrath, Alister E. (2006) Christianity an Introduction. London: Blackwell.

Schreiner, Peter, et al. (eds.) (2007) Good Practice in Religious Education in Europe. Examples and Perspectives of Primary Schools. Münster: Lit Verlag.

Woodhead, Linda, ed. (2002) Religions in the Modern World. London: Routledge.

 

Name of the module: Ethics and Philosophy of European culture

Target group:

Level of the unit:

Entrance requirements:

Number of ECTS credits: 10

Competences to be developed:

  • analysing, assessing and discuss assertions with a philosophical content with a view to carry out the teaching of philosophy and ethics at the premises of the school.
  • formulate and process philosophical and ethical questions that are significant to the primary school pupils.

 

Learning outcomes

Educational activities

Assessment

Estimated

student work time in hours

Ethical considerations with a starting point in current questions that concern the individual, the relationship with fellow human beings, society and nature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The teaching is carried out in an interaction between introductions by the lecturer, group work, and presentations by students followed by feedback, class discussions, exercises, analysis and putting into perspective the material studied.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One study product covering the aim and central knowledge and proficiency areas of the module.

 

 

The study product forms the basis for the final exam of the whole course (30 ECTS)

42

Ethical basic concepts and their importance the educational ideal of the school including an assessment of religious, cultural, ethical and existential question in the conflict between tradition and modernity as well as in the meeting with other cultures 

42

Philosophy, including philosophy of life. Philosophy with children. Opportunities and limitations of various philosophical perceptions.

42

Philosophy of religion, including various perceptions of religion and the relationship between religion and modernity.

42

Ethics, various ethical positions, their opportunities and limitations.

42

Non-religious outlooks on life including humanism, Marxism, existentialism, feminism and atheism.

42

History of ideas of Human Rights and the Human rights declaration.

42

 

Suggested readings (or equivalent) for Module 3:

Anthony Kenny, Blackwell Publishing, 2006, An Illustrated Brief History of Western Philosophy

John D. Caputo, Granta Books, 2007, How to Read Kierkegaard

Margrethe Vestager, Undervisningsministeriet, 2000 Values in practice

www.filovision.k-nettet.dk

Anne Terasa. Islamic Philosophy.2006

Gearon, Liam (2002) Human Rights and Religion: A Reader. Brighton: Sussex Academic Books.

Gearon, Liam (2003) The Human Rights Handbook: A Global Perspecitve for Education. Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books

 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

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