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010062 BA Suicidal crisis-psychological, philosophical and theological problems (2014S)

Psychologische, philosophische und theologische Auseinandersetzung mit dem Problem der Suizidalität

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 20.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Friday 23.05. 15:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Saturday 24.05. 09:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Friday 30.05. 15:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Saturday 31.05. 09:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG


Aims, contents and method of the course

Scientific discussion of sucide as psychological, sociological and philosophical phenomenon from a theological point of view. We will also learn about the basic priniciples and methods of recognizing a pre-suicidal dynamic and the prevention of actual suicides.

Assessment and permitted materials

active participation in the discussion and preparation of one unit
written paper of ca. 25.000 characters

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- theological and canonical aspects of sucide through history
- scientific knowledge about suicide (psychology, sociology, psychiatry)
- philosophical perspective on suicide (from stoic philosophers to Camus and Amery)
- the concept of crisis intervention
- pracitcal exercises

Examination topics

Students will form subgroups and prepare different topics for discussion. We encourage all to use activating methods instead of just giving talks.

Reading list

- Améry, Jean: Hand an sich legen. Diskurs über den Freitod, Stuttgart 9.Aufl. 1993
- Bauer, Emmanuel J. / Fartacek, Reinhold / Nidl, Anton: Wenn das Leben unerträglich wird. Suizid als philosophische und pastorale Herausforderung, Stuttgart 2011
- Dorrmann, Wolfram: Suizid. Therapeutische Interventionen bei Selbsttötungsabsichten, Stuttgart 6. Aufl. 2009
- Fenner, Dagmar: Ist der Suizid ethisch legitim? Zur aufklärerischen Suiziddebatte zwischen Hume (pro) und Kant (kontra), in: Suizidprophylaxe 32 (2005), 10-15
- Holderegger, Adrian: Suizid und Suizidgefährdung. Humanwissenschaftliche Ergebnisse, Anthropologische Grundlagen, Freiburg i. Ue. 1979 (= STE 5)
- Lenzen, Verena: Selbsttötung. Ein philosophisch-theologischer Diskurs mit einer Fallstudie über Cesare Pavese, Düsseldorf 1987
- Ringel, Erwin: Der Selbstmord, Wien 1953
- Sonneck, Gernot u.a. (Hg.): Krisenintervention und Suizidverhütung, 2.Aufl. Wien 2012

Association in the course directory

D 31 für 011 (08W, 11W), BAM für 033 193 (08W, 11W), Fächerkontingentseminar 3 oder (freies) Wahlfach für 011 (02W) und 020

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