Upon completion of the course students will have knowledge of
- historical development, diversity,
teaching and the meaning of life, practice, ethics and
aesthetic expression in secular humanism, Hinduism, Buddhism,
Judaism, Christianity and Islam, with particular emphasis on
Christianity and Norwegian conditions
- holy texts: main contents, historical background and central stories, with particular emphasis on the Bible- different views on human life- basic ethical theories
- human rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
- basic subject didactical terms and problems
- the subject´s history, reasons, contents and aims
- subject specific teaching methods
- exemption regulations
Upon completion of the course students can
carry out and evaluate teaching in an independent and
reflective way with emphasis on the perspective of growth and
- use subject specific teaching methods
- cooperate with colleagues, the pupils and their homes
- carry out adapted teaching based on the pupil´s religion and faith
- combine the demand for objective, critical and pluralistic teaching with varied, pupil-active and engaging work methods and corresponding forms of assessment
- include the basic skills in the teaching
- reflect critically on the subject´s contents, goals and values, and the relation between subject, teaching and personal growth in professional practice
- make use of the internet and use the digital learning arena in a critical and pedagogical way
Upon completion of the
- have a high competence in the professional code of ethics
- can discuss and take a stand on challenges related to working with pupils of different religions and with varying backgrounds in faith
- can arrange and prepare grounds for cooperation between the home, the school and the local society
- understand the role of teachers as transmitters of values in a multi-cultural society
The course covers the subject´s first 15 credits in the Teachers Education 1-7. The course prepares for teaching the subject in general, and for year 5 to 7 in particular. It offers an introduction to the didactics of religion and the three main areas of the subject, Christianity, philosophy and ethics, and Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and faith.
The teaching consists of lectures, seminars and groups and is related to practice, excursions and project work.
Compulsory practice and excursion project must be assessed as a Pass. The same applies for other compulsory tasks which will be made known when the semester starts.
Individual 6-hour written examination. Graded assessment.
See course structure diagram.
Contact Hans Hodne
3 weeks compulsory teaching practice according to separate plan.
The syllabus will be published on the home page of the course when finalised. See link in the upper right hand corner of the page.
Faculty of Humanities and Education