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Expressions of faith and religion in urban Sweden


Religion in Sweden

7.5 credits




This course focuses on historical and contemporary religious expression, with a particular emphasis on urban contexts. You will meet representatives of various religions and faiths and visit places of importance within these traditions. Different aspects of religion within the Stockholm area are explored through ethnographic theories and methods.

This course is only open for exchange students.

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An important contemporary subject The Study of Religions is a unique subject, with strong links to both historical and contemporary perspectives. After the Study of Religions, many people choose to become teachers or journalists. but it also provides useful whether you are aiming to be an aid worker, researcher, external analyst or want to work cross-culturally and in international contexts. It is also suitable for those who are interested in the way other people think and live, and who want to understand the society we live in. Read about research in this subject
Exploring the religious landscape of urban Sweden Over the last 70 years, Sweden’s religious landscape has undergone major change and all major religions now have a presence in the country. This course examines historical developments and the contemporary expressions of these religions, with a particular emphasis on urban contexts. As part of the course, you will meet representatives of various religions and faith traditions and visit places of importance for people within these traditions, exploring the establishment and activities of different religious traditions in Sweden. You will learn how to use ethnographic theory and methodology as a way of studying and interpreting different aspects of religion as it is experienced within the Stockholm area, and to reflect on your own experiences of diverse environments relevant to the study of religion. Course design The course is taught through lectures, excursions and seminars and is assessed through active participation in seminars and excursions, your written logbook notes and oral presentation.
An important contemporary subject In our multicultural society, knowledge about religion is decisive for is to be able to understand how we relate to each other and interact. In the Study of Religions, you examine different aspects of religion from historical, contemporary, global and local perspectives and how they interact. The subject covers religious traditions such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and esoterism. You will also study how people interpret and practice their religion, and reflect on religion’s link to politics, migration and gender. You will also study how Sweden’s religious landscape has changed through history. The Study of Religions also provides you with the opportunity to look in-depth at a field that particularly interests you. Religion is a major part of the culture of many countries. so the Study of Religions will provide you with unique cultural competence. You learn to analyse and gain increased understanding of your surroundings – for people and the societies in which they live.