Courses within the program

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Study Programme in Humans Culture Religion

Overview of the courses that make up the programme:

Year 1

Semester 1
Religious Studies (1-30) 30 hp
Field Religious Studies

Religious Studies (1-30) provides a basic introduction to religious studies. The course consists of four modules, where religion is studied thematically in history and today, based on Swedish, European and global perspectives. Module 1 has its starting point in the multi-religious Sweden. In module 2, Judaism, Christianity and Islam are studied as traditions, with a common origin and partly a common nucleus. Module 3 covers myths and rites from prehistoric times until modern time. Lastly, module 4 covers mysticism and psychology of religion. The courses in Religious Studies (1-30) and Religious Studies (31-60) constitute a whole. The continuation course (31-60) covers subject areas that have not been discussed in the introductory course (1-30). To acquire a comprehensive introduction to religious studies, we recommend that students take both courses.

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Semester 2
Ethics and leadership 15 hp
Field Religious Studies

The course provides tools for ethical reflection, with focus on the working life. Questions such as "what is ethics?" and "what is philosophy of life?" are discussed. The participants acquire knowledge of different ethical theories, of current life philosophies and the different types of views on humans. Particular focus is placed on youths' existential matters. Ethical issues with focus on leadership on an individual, structural and cultural level are studied. The leadership theories we discuss are transformational leadership, educational leadership and clear leadership. The traditional hierarchic control system is also discussed.

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Year 2

Semester 1
Religious studies (31-60) 30 hp
Field Religious Studies

The courses in Religious Studies (1-30) and (31-60) constitute a whole. The continuation course (31-60) covers subject areas that have not been discussed in the introductory course Religious Studies (1-30). To acquire a comprehensive introduction to religious studies, we recommend that students take both courses. The continuation course (31-60) consists of four modules. The course covers questions concerning religion, nature and health, the interaction between people's mental and moral maturity, based on different ethical and psychological theories, South and East Asia's religions and the relation between religion and globalisation. There is also the possibility to write an academic paper in the course. Religious Studies (1-30) + Religious Studies (31-60) may constitute the main subject in a higher education qualification, 120 HE credits.

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Semester 2
Practical Training and Work related Field Studies 15 hp
Field Religious Studies

The course is included in the Study Programme in Humans t Nature t Religion. In the course, you acquire a stronger connection to the working life, both through placement at a workplace, and by carrying out a field study related to the labour market.

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Semester 2
Ethics 15 hp
Field Religious Studies

Being able to handle value issues is becoming an all the more important skill in today's society. When processing ethical problems, questions concerning humanity and the meaning of the life are also raised.
This course intends to highlight the relationships between ethics, humanity and questions of meaning. Strong emphasis is placed on personal reflection and different practical exercises. The course presents tools and working models for processing ethical problems. The course intends to provide the participants with knowledge that will make them more confident in making own ethical assessments.

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Semester 2
Religion and sexuality 15 hp
Field Religious Studies

In the multi-religious society of today, we encounter people from many parts of the world and people with different conceptions of religion and sexuality. Therefore, it is important to study the relationships between religion and sexuality. The course has an interdisciplinary approach, where sexuality is studied physiologically, religious-historically, iconographically, sociologically and psychologically. It is intended for those who have studied or are studying a nursing or culturally oriented education, and for those who are interested in the relationships between religion and sexuality in general.

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Semester 2
Shamanism 15 hp
Field Religious Studies

What do shamans do, and which world-picture corresponds to the phenomenon of shamanism? Is it possible to generalise shamanism? The course covers the phenomenon of shamanism, based on religious-historical, religious-anthropological and religious-psychological perspectives. Shamanism is studied partly in its more traditional environment, as it appears in hunter cultures in, for example, Siberia, Central Asia, Scandinavia, Greenland and in North America, but also in its modern western form, the so-called urban shamanism. An important purpose is to observe shamanism in its different socio-economic contexts, where not only similarities but also variations are analysed.

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Semester 2
Secret Societies, Cults and Esoteric Movements 15 hp
Field Religious Studies

Ever since the prehistoric times, there have been secret societies and mystery cults that only a small selected group have had access to. Today, we can see how closed religious societies have resulted in ideas about a conspiring elite and about what that goes on behind the cult's locked doors. The purpose of the course is to provide basic knowledge of historical and present-day secret societies, sects and esoteric movements. In the course, the models of history of religion, psychology of religion and sociology of religion are used to explain how to understand the psychology of the sect and the mystery cult.

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Semester 2
Perspectives on Integrative medicine 15 hp
Field Religious Studies

Prescribed ayurvedic medicine for indigestion? Shiatsu therapy and mindfulness for chronic pain and depression at the district health care centre? This course covers integrative medicine and care from a humanistic perspective, and this form of medical activities is compared with other forms. The course also examines the position and importance of integrative medicine in our country, compared to other countries, and the research in the area. The course is intended for those who work with health issues and who are interested in learning more about the possibilities of cooperation between the established health care and other forms of care.

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Semester 2
Meeting of Cultures in a Global Perspective (1-15) 15 hp
Field Religious Studies

Through migration and globalization, societies on all continents are becoming increasingly pluralistic. Different cultures, religious traditions and values meet, interact, and influence each other - within nations as well as internationally. Our societies need people who have been trained to see the opportunities inherent in such a multicultural society, and who are able to solve conflicts when traditions and value-systems clash. The issues that may arise in such a society will be discussed throughout the course on the basis of a variety of examples of multiculturalism in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Special attention will be given to the role of religion and ethnicity in a multicultural society.

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Semester 2
Emerging Values in a Globalising World - globalisation from above and from below 15 hp
Field Religious Studies

Economic, ecological and social values are changing rapidly at all levels of global society. In this course we look at the interrelations between economy, ecology and values both at the global and the local level. There are threats and possibilities in the global economic transformation. The course emphasizes the active/constructive action-models as they emerge in the time of transformation.

There are threats to community if the global economic transformation is not socially embedded. Lack of embeddedness can create widespread rootlessness and a search for meaning - sometimes fundamentalism. The fundamentalism is defined in a broad sense: there is not only religious fundamentalism, but also an economic and a political fundamentalism. The uncritical acceptance of the market ideology might be considered as a form of fundamentalism. We also look at globalisation from below and the possibilities opened when people themselves are taking action in the global transformation process.

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Semester 2
Traditions and religions in a multicultural context 15 hp
Field Religious Studies

Through migration and globalisation, Sweden has become an increasingly pluralistic society, where different traditions, values and religions meet and influence one another. People with different cultural backgrounds become friends, neighbours and colleagues. Living together requires understanding and knowledge about oneself, the own cultural roots and the people you meet. The multicultural society needs people with the ability to see the possibilities embedded in this new situation, but who can also solve conflicts when different values collide. The course is intended for those who want to acquire a deeper understanding of the possibilities and problems of cultural encounters in Sweden, for personal or professional reasons.

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Semester 2
Psychology of Religion II 15 hp
Field Religious Studies

The course covers the religious person's transcendental or mystical experiences, from a psychological starting point. The course intends to provide knowledge in matters such as: Why are humans religious? Who becomes a sect member and why do people stay in the sect? How is religious perception psychologically possible? How can religious-psychological theories contribute to increased understanding of the religious human? How is the human sense of meaning and context in existential matters important? We will also study the relationship between altered states of consciousness and transcendental experiences. The course is mainly intended for those who work with people.

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Year 3

Semester 1
Myths, rites and symbols 15 hp
Field Religious Studies

People have always used myths, rites and symbols to interpret the mysteries of human life and the universe. Myths, rites and symbols may also support power structures and institution in society, or give force to challenge these. Myths, rites and symbols often appear unchanging, despite that they change constantly. The course covers myths, rites and symbols in history and today, from religious-psychological, gender research, religious-historical and ideological perspectives.

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Semester 1
Studies on fundamentalism, terrorism and martyrdom I (1-15) 15 hp
Field Religious Studies

What is the connection between fundamentalism, terrorism and ideas about martyrs in different religions? And how may fundamentalism and terrorism be understood in relation to western colonialism and orientalism? Are concepts such as fundamentalism and terrorism at all useful in research contexts?
The course covers different aspects of the modern research in these issues, and also includes a critical review of mass media's image of fundamentalism and terrorism. The starting point of the course is current research in several modern phenomena e g the acts of terror on September 11, 2001, in the USA, or ritualised suicides in Sri Lanka.

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Semester 2
Religious Studies with Focus on Culture and Identity (61-90) 30 hp
Field Religious Studies

The course covers different religions and attitudes to life in modern society. How are our identities shaped and transformed in the contemporary culture? How does the religiosity and spirituality of people change? It is possible to adapt the choice of subject to the student. We study how religion is expressed in politics, media, IT and New Age. In addition to a method part, the course also includes a major thesis.
Religious Studies may constitute the main subject in a Bachelor of Arts, 180 HE credits, or an in-depth specialisation on the teacher programme, primarily for those who plan to teach in secondary and upper-secondary school.

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