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Diversities of Religions and Worldviews in Public Education

Tuition fee


EARLY BIRD prices valid until 28.2.2018
NORMAL prices after 28.2.2018

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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.

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.


Jussi Ikkala,
You may contact the course coordinator with questions concerning the course content.

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Apply now! Summer 2019
Application start
Dec 1, 2018
May 31, 2019 23:59
Europe/Helsinki time

If you need a visa, please apply 31st of May the latest.

Application deadline
Jul 20, 2019 23:59
Europe/Helsinki time

NB! The application deadline is June 26th, 2018. However the students of the University of Helsinki may apply until July 20th, 2018.

Studies commence
Aug 7, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States