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020056 SE Seminar: Scientific Study of Religions - Religious Diversity as a challenge European countries (2017W)

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

All presentations and discussions of this seminar should be in English, except from the inaugural event on Sept 28, which is in German.


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Actual Changes (29/09/2017): As the guest lecturers can arrive only in the late afternoon we have to postpone the first unit on Friday to 18:30-21:00.
Additional date: Penaldiscussion with guest lecturers Mo 27/11/2017 18:30-20:00 HS 47, Hauptgebäude, Universitätsstraße 1

Friday 24.11. 15:15 - 19:15 Hörsaal 1 Schenkenstraße 8-10 5.OG
Saturday 25.11. 09:00 - 17:00 Hörsaal 1 Schenkenstraße 8-10 5.OG
Sunday 26.11. 13:00 - 18:00 Hörsaal 1 Schenkenstraße 8-10 5.OG
Monday 27.11. 18:30 - 20:00 (ehem. Hörsaal 47 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 8)


Aims, contents and method of the course

Due to the cancellation of two guestspeakers from Denmark, the focus of the seminar/workshop has changed: The course focusses now only on challenges in prisons in three countries along the current routes of immigration, which have a different historical and religious background: Greece (orthodox), Austria (Catholic) and Sweden (Lutheran) [instead of originally planned Denmark]. Experts of these countries from Sweden and Thessaloniki who research about the religious changes because of immigration in correctional services will give comparative lectures in the special field of the management of religious diversity in prisons and religous counselling.

Assessment and permitted materials

Frequent participation in all parts of the course, presentation of protocols of lectures and a elaborated paper on one of the topics related to the seminar.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Overview on challenges and new developments in the management of diversity in prisons in Austria, Greece and Scandinavia.

Examination topics

Presentations, participation in a panel discussion, discussion with persons dealing with immigrants in state institutions or religious communities.

Reading list

Regina Polak / Wolfram Reiss (ed.): Religion im Wandel. Transformation religiöser Gemeinschaften in Europa durch Migration - Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven, V&R Vienna 2015; Ursula Unterberger: Religion - die letzte Freiheit. Religionsausübung im Strafvollzug, Tectum-Verlag Marburg 2013; Mar Griera & Anna Clot-Garrell (2015) Banal is not Trivial: Visibility, Recognition, and Inequalities between Religious Groups in Prison, Journal of Contemporary Religion, 30:1; Mar Griera and Julia Martínez-Ariño: The Accommodation of Religious Diversity in Prisons and Hospitals in Spain, Working Paper No. 28, 2014; Wolfram Reiss: Selbstbetrachtung hinter Gittern. Naikan im Strafvollzug in Deutschland und Österreich, Marburg 2016.

Association in the course directory

[MW]RW-VertSE, [BW]RW-SysVgl

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