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Education in sociology of religion

There is no specialized training program in the sociology of religion on offer at Norwegian universities and colleges. The universities in Agder, Bergen, Oslo and Trondheim offer Bachelor’s and (...)

There is no specialized training program in the sociology of religion on offer at Norwegian universities and colleges. The universities in Agder, Bergen, Oslo and Trondheim offer Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Religious Studies, in which the sociology of religion is a significant component.

Additionally, several university colleges and private schools provide specialized training in religious subjects, mostly as part of teacher training degrees and theological subjects. In most of these courses, the sociology of religion is a minor component.

D 22 September 2016    AHelge Årsheim

Education in Law and Religion

There is no specialized training in law and religion on offer at Norwegian universities and colleges. Theology students receive some rudimentary training in the Church Act and surrounding (...)

There is no specialized training in law and religion on offer at Norwegian universities and colleges. Theology students receive some rudimentary training in the Church Act and surrounding legislation relevant to their work, and several universities offer smaller electable courses that provide a general overview of the interrelationship between religion and human rights.

D 22 September 2016    AHelge Årsheim

Research in the sociology of religion and law and religion

Outside the universities, the main actor in the sociological research on religion in Norway is KIFO, Institute for Church, Religion, and Worldview Research, which regularly conducts surveys and (...)

Outside the universities, the main actor in the sociological research on religion in Norway is KIFO, Institute for Church, Religion, and Worldview Research, which regularly conducts surveys and reports on the role of religion in Norwegian society. KIFO recently completed the NOREL project, examining religious changes during the past twenty years in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, and Sweden.

At the universities, some smaller research projects on the social and legal dimensions to religion in Norway are currently underway, including the Good Protestant, Bad Religion? project at the University of Oslo and the Muslim Politics and Governance of Islam: Interactions of Structure and Culture in Multi-religious Europe project at the FAFO research institute.

D 22 September 2016    AHelge Årsheim

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