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Study of Religions / Ethics as subject in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme

Study of Religions / Ethics as subject in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme
(Bachelor of Arts)

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Course type
undergraduate studies (2 subjects bachelor)
Standard Course Duration
6 semester
Course Start
Winter semester
Primary Language of Instruction
German
Special Requirements

None

Admission
Restricted admission
International

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

The subject study of religions / ethics is offered as one of two subjects within the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme. Please note the subject combination options.

What individual, social and political role is played by religion(s) and beliefs in different historical and geographical contexts? How do religions and beliefs develop in the course of history? What range of different religions and forms of religiosity exists? These are just some of the questions addressed in the study of religions.

Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, like numerous other religious and ideological movements, are phenomena that have a strong impact on culture and society. Students of the study of religions explore these phenomena in their respective cultural and social environments.

The study of religions is concerned with religion(s) – past and present. The aim is to explore existing religious and ideological testimonies of beliefs and actions as can be found empirically from a social and cultural perspective.

At Leibniz Universität Hannover, study of religions / Ethics is taught in connection with social and cultural issues. Special emphasis is placed on empirical research into present-day religious culture in Europe, particularly the plurality of beliefs, the relationship between religion and politics, secular beliefs and groupings, and Buddhism in the West.

Further information on the website of the programme Study of Religions / Ethics

Areas of Focus

  • Buddhism and Islam
  • History and theories of religious studies
  • Religion(s) and beliefs in contemporary societies
  • Religious teaching methodology
  • Representation of religion(s) and belief(s) in the public domain
  • Teaching about religions and beliefs in Europe
Course Content

The study of religions examines historical and contemporary religions and secular beliefs in their respective social and historical context. The theoretical and methodological knowledge required is as much a part of the course as the critical examination of the history of one’s own discipline. As such, the degree programme is highly diverse. Even at the introductory stage, students learn about the history of religion and scientific theories.

The aim of research into the history of religion is to present the historical development of individual religions and ideological groupings. By addressing the history and theories of the study of religions, students gain methodological and theoretical knowledge that is important for comparing different traditions and exploring the question of the role played by religions and beliefs. In this regard, an important role is played by issues such as religious sociology and empirical research into religion. At the specialisation stage, students specialise in individual research areas to suit their interests.

As part of the interdisciplinary bachelor's degree programme, students with a focus on teaching have to complete a non-school-based internship as well as a school internship, both lasting four weeks. The non-school-based internship helps students to get first work insights in the area of teaching, to check on their career aspiration. For students with an non-school-based focus, an eight-week non-school-based internship must be completed.

Recommended Abilities
  • An interest in historical, empirical and social scientific issues
  • An interest in religious thought in other cultures
  • Students’ individual religious beliefs play no role.
Career Opportunities

In addition to teaching Ethics at school (with the relevant Master’s degree), graduates of the study of religions may also find employment with museums, higher education institutions and publishers. Career opportunities also exist in adult education, the media, the Foreign Service, documentation centres, archives and libraries, tourism and with internationally operating organisations.

Possible Further Degree Programmes

Under certain conditions, admission to the following Master's programme is also possible. More detailed information can be found in the respective admission regulations. If you have any questions, please contact the course advice of the desired Master's programme:

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

Some subjects in the interdisciplinary Bachelor are restricted (Biology, Performing Arts, German Studies (school subject: German), English Studies (school subject: English), Geography, History, Music, Political Science, Study of Religions (school subject: Ethics), Spanish Studies (school subject: Spanish) and Sports (school subject: Physical Education).

Other subjects are admission-free (Chemistry, Computer Science, Protestant Theology (school subject: Protestant Religious Education), Catholic Theology (school subject: Catholic Religious Education), Mathematics, Philosophy and Physics).

The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulation.

Note: The admission regulations reflect the legally prescribed subject combinations in the Master regulation of Lower Saxony.
All currently possible subject combinations can be found under "Combinations".

Application Deadlines

Application dates for a subject combination with at least one restricted subject:

First-year students
(Application for the first semester is only possible for the winter semester)

  • Applicants from Germany and other EU countries: June 1st – July 15th of the year
  • Applicants from outside the European Union: April 15th – May 31st of the year

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester)

  • Everyone: June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • Everyone: December 1st - January 15th of the year for the summer semester

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