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Study of Religions

Graphic element for the subject of the Study of ReligionsWe live in a time when religion is discussed, analysed, criticised or defended every day in the public arena. Mass media often use religion to help explain different social phenomena, and political discussions often cite religious arguments in a way that many find surprising.

Third stream activities

Contemporary society is in great need of the knowledge generated due to the Study of Religions. Public debates about religious phenomena are often polarised between differing interests, so there is a real need for an academic perspective that is politically and religiously autonomous. Our teachers and researchers are active in public debate and our students gain valuable competence for working in and understanding contemporary society.

Many of our teachers and researchers participate in various forms of mass media, such as television and radio, cooperate with publishers on books, run blogs on religious studies and are members of enquiries and expert groups. We offer freestanding courses and lecture series in partnership with the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities and the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, as well as other events. In the spring semester of 2015 the courses “Religion, Mysticism and Esotericism” and “Holy Health” will be offered as evening courses within these partnerships. Holy Health is also offered as a distance course.

Our courses and programmes are largely based on students becoming familiar with the local area in Stockholm, Södertälje, and their suburbs. As part of their education, students receive training in meeting people who work locally, including study visits and invited guests. We also try to use third stream activities to increase opportunities for students to use their expertise on the labour market through meetings with professionals in the field of religious studies, such as the journalist Anna Lindman Barsk. This gives students an idea about potential careers based on the subject. Experience of working life is also offered through a semester’s placement.

The Study of Religions also participates in more direct third stream activities. We provide continuing education for teachers in collaboration with the Swedish National Agency for Education and participate in the continuing education of police officers.