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020048 VO-L Introduction to the Law of Religions and Religious Communities in Europe (2020S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 2 - Evangelische Theologie


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


max. 15 participants
Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 05.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3 Schenkenstraße 8-10 6.OG
Thursday 19.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3 Schenkenstraße 8-10 6.OG
Thursday 26.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3 Schenkenstraße 8-10 6.OG
Thursday 02.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3 Schenkenstraße 8-10 6.OG
Thursday 23.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3 Schenkenstraße 8-10 6.OG
Thursday 30.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3 Schenkenstraße 8-10 6.OG
Thursday 07.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3 Schenkenstraße 8-10 6.OG
Thursday 14.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3 Schenkenstraße 8-10 6.OG
Thursday 28.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3 Schenkenstraße 8-10 6.OG
Thursday 04.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3 Schenkenstraße 8-10 6.OG
Thursday 18.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3 Schenkenstraße 8-10 6.OG
Thursday 25.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3 Schenkenstraße 8-10 6.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course is a basic course in character; it aims at preparing the participants in fundamentals and at continuing their preparation for the seminar in law and theology, as prescribed by the curriculum for regular students in theology.

The course will focus on two priority areas:
(a) Human rights
Freedom of thought, of conscience, of religion, of ideologies, individual and collective: these human rights will be considered within the framework of the history and present meaning of European and universal fundamental rights; entailed questions to be discussed will be: What are human rights – what are they for? Whom do they concern? Who guarantees and enforces these rights? Can they be suspended?
(b) Religions and religious communities in the European societies and states
Topics will be: The entity, role and character of the constructs “state” (theory of state) and “religious community”; different models of the relation between religious communities and the state especially in Europe; the vicissitudinous history of the relation of the Austrian state and religious communities in Austria; recognition procedures; the role of religion in the public space.

The course will be interactive, i.e. lectures, reports, group activities, debates of cases and events will feature in the course. The documentation and additional material will constitute the examination material.

Assessment and permitted materials

UPDATE: (01.06.2020):
- Exam dates in June: 25th and 26th June, 16:30 - 20:00 h, max. 30 minutes each
-via Moodle (BigBlueButton)
- to register for the exam date in June please write an E-Mail to Mr. Christian Sichera (christian.sichera@univie.ac.at) until one week prior to the exam, that is until the 18.06.2020.
- How to enter the exam: In the course on Moodle in the subsection “Exam June” will be a Big Blue Button-room opened for you. You enter the room by clicking on the button at your appointed time slot.
-What to bring to the exam: your student ID, the necessary technical infrastructure, e.g. a computer, tablet or smartphone with a functioning camera and microphone
- What not to bring to the exam: Please not bring any forbidden means of aid or resources (“unerlaubte Hilfsmittel”). In case of cheating, the exam will be terminated and the incident will be documented with an “X” in your transcript of records.
- When will you receive your final grade? We are three lecturers and all three of us will be present at the exam. You will receive a question from each of us. When we are finished examining you, we will advise with each other and ascertain your final grade on the basis of the oral exam and the bonus points you have gained throughout the term. You will receive a notification on your final grade via e-mail on the evening of your exam.

Further information on the assessment of the course please see down below.

UPDATE (30.04.2020): Due to the minimum distance and hygiene regulations connected with COVID-19 we had to change the assessment in this course:

- oral examination via video-converence on Moodle (Big Blue Button, Blackboard Collaborate or Jitsi)
- three questions will be posed, two closed questions and one open questions.
- active participation will enter into the assessment (bonus points)

Registration for the final exam via Moodle until two weeks before the examination date.

- 25.06.2020 (we might offer more than one examination date in June, depending on the number of registrations for the first date of exam)
- 17.09.2020
- 01.10.2020

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Oral exam: 100 % of the final grade
Potentially: Active participation during the sessions of the course: additional 15%

Oral exam (see above):
Max. 30 points for each closed questions
Max. 40 points for open question

The final grade is the result of the oral exam and potential bonus points for active participation:

1 (sehr gut) 100 – 87 Punkte
2 (gut) 86,99 – 75 Punkte
3 (befriedigend) 74,99 – 63 Punkte
4 (genügend) 62,99 – 50 Punkte
5 (nicht genügend) 49,99 – 0 Punkte

Examination topics

The material on moodle will constitute the examination material.

Reading list

Material and literature will be provided in the sessions of the course and on moodle.
Im Besonderen für die deutschsprachigen Teilnehmer und Teilnehmerinnen als Sekundärliteratur:
Kalb/Potz/Schinkele, Religionsrecht. 2003 (Kapitel I, II, IV 3., V, VI, XIV, XV, XVI 1-5, XIX).

Association in the course directory


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