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Diversities of Religions and Worldviews in Public Education


Faculty of Educational Sciences / Department of Education, Teacher Education, University of Helsinki


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900-1490 EUR Learn more




Jussi Ikkala

Target students

Students who come from different religious and worldview backgrounds 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, drawing on religious studies, theology, education, social sciences, education for diversity and social justice, as well as anthropology and multicultural education. Students of 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.


This course examines 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 is an opportunity to engage in dialogue on worldviews and to increase one’s awareness of religious, spiritual and worldview-related questions in public education, especially at school level.

Questions and debates of the role of worldviews and religions in education are increasingly important in all Western countries. This course will provide a Finnish perspective from a secularised post-Lutheran welfare society 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 heterogeneous groups in issues related to religions and worldviews. The course will give students an opportunity to practise worldview dialogue in everyday life, 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. Experiential learning will be key. Course essay.

Means and criteria of assessment

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

• Participation during lectures and in-class assignments (20%)
• Reports (20%)
• Essays (30%)
• Learning diary (30%)

Course Schedule

Location: City Centre Campus


Monday 6.8.2018 Registration begins

Tuesday 7.8.2018 Registration continues, HSS Opening Ceremony

Wednesday 8.8.2018 Courses begin

Course Schedule (pdf)