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2EDSL-3 Global Citizenship, Culture and Religious Diversity: Nordic education perspectives

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this qualification, the student will have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence: 


The student

  • has knowledge about central theories and key debates related to culture, identity, and religion in diverse societies
  • has an overview of the different schools of thought on the subject of religious education in Europe, with particular focus on the Nordic region
  • has insight into how cultural and religious diversity can be manifested in classrooms


The student

  • can critically reflect on and discuss current issues and central theories related to culture, identity, and religion in diverse societies
  • can compare and discuss different approaches to education for diversity with particular reference to studies of religion
  • can present theoretical work and initiate relevant discussions


The student

  • can reflect on and critically discuss issues and manifestations of cultural and religious diversity both in society and in an educational context

Course content

A. Culture and religion in diverse societies

  • Theoretical perspectives on culture, religion, and identity
  • The Nordic region from a socio-religious perspective

B. Cultural and religious diversity and education in Europe with particular focus on the Nordic region

  • Human rights, religion and education
  • European and Nordic religious education debates
  • «The Norwegian model»

C. Religious and cultural diversity in schools 

  • Manifestations of cultural and religious diversity in schools
  • Educational approaches

Teaching and working methods

  • Lectures, seminars and student presentations. Students are expected to actively participate in discussions, as well as organise and run colloquiums

Coursework requirements

  • 80 % attendance is required for lectures, seminars, workshops and excursions
  • One student presentation based on a theoretical paper


Individual written examination (4 hours), where marks are awarded on a scale from A (best) to F (fail), where E is the lowest pass mark