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Religion-Mediality-Culture (MA)

Taught in German.

This course of study is discontinued.

  • Students cannot enrol for this course of study any more. 
  • Students who are already enrolled for this course of study can continue stuying it and get their degree. 

Students interested in protestant or catholic theology can choose these subjects in the course of study History and Culture (MA)


Magister Artium/Magistra Artium (M.A.)

Duration of studies

4 semesters - 120 credit points (cp)


since 02 March 2010

Subject Area

The research-oriented course of studies continues from comparable or connected BA courses. It is organized jointly by the Institut für Evangelische Theologie (Department of Protestant Theology) and the Institut für Katholische Theologie (Department of Catholic Theology). From a confession-specific, ecumenical and interdisciplinary perspective, it makes academic studies possible which are concerned with religiousness, religion and the religion-based formation of groups and religious movements and their traditions and medial encodings, which form our globalised living environments. In our largely secular society these give a thematic and/or unthematic colouring to our experience together with a normative orientation and offer sense-giving patterns, even in places where we have forgotten their source or there is not enough clarity about a religious tradition. At the same time our society is increasingly being confronted with a variety of religious traditions in good publicity.
The course sharpens perception and promotes the ability needed to discursively and creatively overcome this interplay between religion and culture, its medial presentation and its effect on society. Through its modular structure, also involving non-theological cultural science subjects covered by faculty 03 and  04 of the JLU, the course is confession-specific, ecumenical and with an interdisciplinary profile, so offering the study perspective described above.
As a postgraduate course or a broadening of studies the Master`s course trains participants in the skills needed for social and educational work, in the health sector, in personnel management in public relations and in administration, a deepened and a persistent communicative competence in the multi-faceted area of religion and how to use these skills effectively and communicative-oriented. Additionally, a large number of fields of socio-cultural research areas are opened to the students.

Composition of degree programme

The studies consist of: 
  • 6 mandatory theology modules, each with 10 credit points,
  • 2 elective modules, each with 10 credit points
  • A further elective module, as long as it is not required as  the "Basic Module Religion" also with 10 credit points. The "Basic Module Religion" is required when the Master students have not yet got at least 30 credit points from modules in Catholic or Protestant theology among their results.
  • The thesis with 30 credit points.
Mandatory Modules:
  • Hetorogeneity of Religious Culture in History and the Contemporary Period
  • Approaches of Philosophical and Theological Ethics from Antiquity to the Present
  • Religious Phenomena in Contemporary Culture and Their Functions
  • Psychology and Sociology of Religion and Their Practical Theological Treatment
  • Interreligious Perceptions and Relations
  • Mediality and Aesthetics of Religion in History and the Contemporary Period

Elective Modules:
  • Two modules: Topic- or action- relevant from a subject of faculty 03 or 04.
  • One module: Topic- or action - relevant from a subject out of one of JLU`s faculties OR basic module

(A studies advisory session before deciding on the specialisation is obligatory.)

For interdisciplinary modules the regulations of the respective departments involved apply, with the provision that 10 credit points are gained. 

For this a selection of relevant Master degree modules from faculty 03/04 (c.f. Module 7/8) or all departments of JLU Gießen (c.f. Module 9a) is open to all students, whereby restrictions and entrance limitations can be imposed by the individual department.
Binding agreements, individual classes, modules and study elements for students from the Master`s degree course Religion, Media, Culture, have been offered by the department of ancient studies, art history, art education, sociology, educational science and applied theatre studies.

Further information

  • The student handbook is available on the right

Subject advisor

Lars Meuser
Institut für Katholische Theologie
Karl-Glöckner-Str. 21, building H, room 210a
Phone: 0641 - 99 27223
Office hourse:
Thurs 3-4 pm

Dr. Volkmar Ortmann
Institut für Evangelische Theologie
Karl-Glöckner-Str. 21, building H, room 215a
Phone: 0641 - 99 27122
Office hours: Thurs 12-1 Uhr