RESA4500 – Religion, Theology and Social Media
Doing religion always implies doing community in some way or another. In contemporary society, community – and thus religion – is not only mediated in real life, but also as internet-mediated sociality. How does this change and challenge religion i.e. religiosity and theology? This is the starting point of our course. The course will provide an overview over relevant literature in the field. The students will also be introduced to methodical and ethical perspectives of current empirical research on religion, theology and social media. Different theoretical approaches to the study of internet-mediated sociality will be presented, with emphasis on possible interpretations within and implications for religious studies and theology. Through a number of cases, perspectives of method and research ethics for netnography will also be explored. Students are expected to carry out a small research project on their own.
Through this course, students should have obtained insight about the role of current internet mediated sociality, both the phenomenon itself and its implications for reflecting upon religion and theology. They should also have obtained an acquintace with and be able to make use of nethnography as a method for research.
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10 credits overlap with RESA3500 – Religion, Theology and Social Media
The course is designed as a flexible course with 1 + 3 days of on-campus learning activities combined with online student activities between the on-campus teaching days. We will both make use of and study religion and theology trough different social media.
During the course, the following assignments must be fulfilled:
- A book chapter or article review of 1000 - 1500 words.
- A minor, multimedial nethnographical case study of, field and topic chosen in collaboration with the teachers. The study is to be presented and discussed in class.
Three days home exam 3000 - 4000 Words.
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