Universität Wien FIND

010080 SE Religion and Modernity: Between Fundamentalism and Secular Religion (2009S)

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


max. 25 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 04.05. 08:30 - 12:00 Seminarraum 3 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Tuesday 05.05. 08:30 - 12:00 Seminarraum 3 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Wednesday 06.05. 08:30 - 12:00 Seminarraum 3 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Thursday 07.05. 08:30 - 12:00 Seminarraum 3 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Friday 08.05. 08:30 - 12:00 Seminarraum 3 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG


Aims, contents and method of the course

In the recent years the thesis of fundamental shift in Western religiosity has been often formulated. Manyfold new religious phenomena are seen as the manifestation of resacralization of the, allegedly disenchanted, Western worldview. With due acceptance of claims of the "return of the sacred," it is impossible to ignore the fact that the last century saw change in the social form of religion as well as in individual religiosity, both having become more subjective and spiritual. These phenomena are often seen as heralding the advent of a new-type spirituality based on the idea of immanence, or even of "spiritual revolution".
At the same time, the established religions are entering the public scene in form of traditionalist and fundamentalist movements, critical towards modernity. These anti-modern phenomena, labeled "deprivatization" of religion, constitute the opposite pole to the alleged individualization and privatization of religion, which resulted in the emergence of a new form religion, often referred to as "the invisible religion" or "the secular religion".

Assessment and permitted materials

At the end of the course each of the students should give a short presentation of the chosen problem concerning the topic of the course. The topic of this presentation should be accepted by lecturer.

Ratio of grades:
Attendance, participation in discussion: 50%
Presentation: 50%

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Employing several theoretical categories of the scientific study of religion, the course aims at the analysis of above-mentioned complex relationship of modernity and religion.

Examination topics

The course consist of 5 units (4 x 45 minutes).
Each unit consist of:
1. introduction to the topic by the lecturer
2. discussion of the topic

Reading list

Association in the course directory

Masterstudium Religionswissenschaft M5, IDRW 4.9.; (freies) Wahlfach für 011 (02W), 012 (02W) und 020 (02W)

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