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010074 FS Doing Research in Study of Religions (2010W)

Current methods and their application in research projects

6.00 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

Saturday 09.10. 09:45 - 15:00 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Saturday 13.11. 09:45 - 15:00 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Saturday 27.11. 09:45 - 15:00 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Saturday 04.12. 09:45 - 15:00 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course is designed for advanced students (second year of the master-programme, students working on master-thesis and doctorate students). Current approaches in academic study of religions will be discussed in the context of concrete research-projects xcomducted by students and/or teacher.
General topics:
1. Scheduling of a research-project (delineate field of study, develop research question, coordination of research activities), collection and interpretation of data
2. How to do: working in archives, empirical social research, research on the internet
3. Financing of research projects: grants, fundings, writing of applications
4. Handling of research results and dissemination: possibilities for publication, writing an academic essay.

Assessment and permitted materials

30 % Presentation of research-project and participation in group-work
30 % Short papers on selected topics
40 % Final paper

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Developmentz of research-projects in the academic study of religions.
Capacity of choosing adequate methods.
Basic knowledge of possibilities of funding research and how to apply for grants.
Scheduling of dissemination strategies of results of research-projects.
Knowledge of current methodological and epistemological discussion within the field of academic study of religions.
Capacity to write an academic paper.

Examination topics

Presentation of research-projects and discussion.
Short papers on selected topics given by teacher and students and group-work.
Writing of papers on selected topics, review by teacher and discussion of the papers (partly using e-learning).
Final paper in the context of the current research-project of the students:
Scheduling of a research-project OR Working out of one chapter of thesis OR Writing an academic essay meeting the standards of peer-reviewed journals OR Writing an application for funding a research-project.

Reading list

Peter Antes [Hrsg.] 2004, New Approaches to the Study of Religion. Vol 1: Regional, Critical, and Historical Approaches. Vol 2: Textual, Comparative, Sociological, and Cognitive Approaches. Berlin-New York.
Franz Breuer 2009. Reflexive Grounded Theory Eine Einführung für die Forschungspraxis. Wiesbaden.
Antony Bryant [Hrsg.] 2007, The SAGE Handbook of Grounded Theory. London e.a.
Kathy Charmaz 2006, Constructing Grounded Theory. A Practical Guide through Qualitative Analysis. London e.a
Steven Engler / Gregory P. Grieve [Hrsg.] 2005, Historicizing "Tradition" in the Study of Religion. Berlin-New York.
Uwe Flick 2007, Qualitative Sozialforschung. Eine Einführung. Reinbek bei Hamburg.
Ulrike Froschauer / Manfred Lueger 2003, Das qualitative Interview. Zur Praxis interpretativer Analyse sozialer Systeme. Wien.
Armin W. Geertz [Hrsg.] 2000, Perspectives on Method and Theory in the Study of Religion. Adjunct Proceedings of the XVII Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions, Mexico City 1995. Leiden e.a.
Burkhard Gladigow 2005, Religionswissenschaft als Kulturwissenschaft. Hrsg. von Christoph Auffarth. Stuttgart.
Thomas A. Idinopulos [Hrsg.] 2006, Comparing Religions. Possibilities and Perils? Leiden.
Slavica Jakelić / Lori Pearson [Hrsg.] 2004, The Future of the Study of Religion. Proceedings of Congress 2000. Leiden.
Hubert Knoblauch 2003, Qualitative Religionsforschung. Religionsethnographie in der eigenen Gesellschaft. Paderborn.
Russell T. McCutcheon [Hrsg.] 1999, The Insider/Outsider Problem in the Study of Religion: A Reader. London.
Hans H. Penner 1989, Impasse and Resolution. A Critique of the Study of Religion. New York e.a.
Martin Riesebrodt 2007, Cultus und Heilsversprechen. Eine Theorie der Religionen. München.
Angelika Rohrbacher 2009, Eurozentrische Religionswissenschaft? Diskursanalytische Methodik an den Grenzen von Ost und West. Marburg.
David Silverman [Hrsg.] 2009, Qualitative Research Theory, Method and Practice. Los Angeles e.a.
Jonathan Z. Smith 2004, Relating Religion. Essays in the Study of Religion. Chicago.

Association in the course directory

Master RW M09; IDRW 1.6. Forschungsseminar für Dr. phil. mit Dissgebiet RW; LV für Doktorat neu 780 und alt 080,

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