Universität Wien FIND

020051 SE Liturgics (2019W)

Sunday services and private devotions in their controversial ritual grammar

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 2 - Evangelische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work



max. 25 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Students may not miss more than 3h + 15min (without excuse).
The seminar will be blocked.
The introductory meeting is mandatory (no-show = unregistration of the course).

Tuesday 08.10. 11:30 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3 Schenkenstraße 8-10 6.OG
Friday 11.10. 13:15 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3 Schenkenstraße 8-10 6.OG
Saturday 12.10. 09:45 - 18:45 Hörsaal 3 Schenkenstraße 8-10 6.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

• Exploration of exemplary worship and ritual practices
• Commenting and judging of exemplary liturgies on divorce
• Acquisition of professional competence for the transformation of ritual practice
• Development of practical-theological problem-solving competence

Contents: The course is focused on the controversial liturgical 'problem' of divorce rituals and liturgies, for which agendas and liturgical specialist contributions are viewed.

The seminar methodically follows the steps of the case study: 1.) Confrontation - 2.) Information - 3.) Exploration - 4.) Resolution - 5.) Disputation).

First, the students are familiarized with the case. Then, information is researched in group and individual work sessions. Students develop and discuss alternative solutions to make a liturgically responsible decision. They must present their solution with arguments.

The detailed seminar program will be presented at the beginning of the semester and is accessible via Moodle.

Assessment and permitted materials

1. Participation in the discussion phases
2. Oral presentation of a jointly written case-solution (including disputation)
3. Comment on the case-solution ("liturgical position paper") with consideration of the results of the disputation (15 pages max.)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirements:
• Presence at the block units. (Students may not miss more than 3 hours and 15 minutes!)
• Independent meetings of the working group outside the seminar hours
• Presentation of a jointly responsible, written case solution including a discussion
• Written work ("Liturgisches Positionspapier"): In order to ensure good scientific practice, the student can be invited to a note-relevant interview after handing in the work, which must be completed positively.

Assessment Criteria:
1. Content participation: 30%
2. Presentation of the case solution: 20%
3. Liturgical Position Paper: 50%

Every work has to be positive. The individual agreement of replacement work is possible in individual cases. The overall grade is the result of a weighting.

Important: The introductory meeting is mandatory (no-show = unregistration of the course). The liturgical position paper must be submitted before the semester ends (!). An intensive phase of work is expected until the group presentation, so that at this time the essential material for the own position paper already exists.

Examination topics

The documents for this course consist of:
1) the case sketch itself,
2) the literature provided therein,
3.) the independently researched information and agendas.
4.) Nota bene: At least one liturgical textbook must be used.

Reading list

Literature recommendations on the topic:
• Bianca Andrea Marco, Scheidungsrituale. Globale Bestandsaufnahme und Perspektiven für eine glaubwürdige Praxis in Kirche Und Gesellschaft. Zürich 2017.
• Bieritz Karl-Heinrich, Liturgik, Berlin 2004
• Brosius Christiane / Schrode Paula / Michaels Axel, Ritual und Ritualdynamik. Schlüsselbegriffe, Theorien, Göttingen 2013
• Bubmann Peter, Alexander Deeg (Hrsg.), Der Sonntagsgottesdienst. Ein Gang durch die Liturgie,
• Evangelisches Gottesdienstbuch. Agende für die Evangelische Kirche der Union und für die Vereinigte Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche Deutschlands (TA), hrsg. v. der Kirchenleitung der VELKD, Berlin 2000.
• Fechner Kristian, Liturgik, in: Ders. u.a.: Praktische Theologie. Ein Lehrbuch, Stuttgart: 2017
• Grethlein Christian, Grundfragen der Liturgik, Gütersloh 2001
• Karolewski Janina / Miczek Nadja / Zotter Christof (Hg.), Ritualdesign. Zur kultur- und ritualwissenschaftlichen Analyse »neuer« Rituale, Bielefeld 2012
• Meyer-Blanck Michael, Gottesdienstlehre, Tübingen 2011
• Neijenhuis Jörg, Liturgik. Gottesdienstelemente im Kontext, Göttingen 2012

Association in the course directory


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