Diversities of Religions and Worldviews in Public Education


Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki

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600-900 EUR




Arto Kallioniemi

Target students

Students who have different religions and worldviews and who are interested in questions related to the role of religions and worldviews in the public sphere and education. The course examines the issues from a multidisciplinary perspective, making use of religious studies, theology, gender studies, education, social sciences, education for diversity and social justice, anthropology and multicultural education. Students in these fields – advanced Bachelor’s level or at a Master’s level – are warmly invited to take this course. Teacher education students are also especially welcome.


The main purpose is to provide a multidisciplinary academic summer school course with a main focus on the diversity and pluralism of religions and worldviews in education. To do this, the course includes lectures, workshops, group work, fieldwork and excursions in Helsinki. The summer school promotes worldview dialogue among participants and increases their awareness of religious, spiritual and worldview-related questions in public education, especially in school education. Questions and debates about the role of worldviews and religions in education are increasingly important in all Western countries. This course will provide a perspective from Finland, a secularised post-Lutheran welfare country in Northern Europe.

Learning objectives

The course will increase students’ awareness of questions related to religions and worldviews in education. The course will also improve the students’ ability to encounter groups which are very heterogeneous in issues related to religions and worldviews. The course will give students an opportunity to practise worldview dialogue in everyday life and seeks to give them an opportunity to study in multireligious contexts and to respect people from different backgrounds.

Course format and teaching methods

Lectures, workshops, group work, fieldwork and excursions will take place with leading Finnish scholars. Experimental learning will be key.

Means and criteria of assessment

Grading scale:

5 = excellent 4 = very good 3 = good 2 = average 1 = poor 0 = fail.

Participation in lectures and in-class assignments (20%)

  • Reports (20%)
  • Essays (30%)
  • Learning diary (30%)
Program taught in:
  • English

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11 days
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