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  • 1. Abrahamson, Magnus
    Dopet - en källa till försoning och splittring: En studie av dopteologin inom Evangeliska Fosterlandsstiftelsen, Svenska Baptistsamfundet och Svenska Missionsförbundet1997Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
  • 2.
    Abrahamsson, Judit
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Att hantera och anpassa religiösverksamhet under pandemi: En undersökning av övergripande mönster kring samfundens hantering underCorona-pandemin2020Student paper second term, 10 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Rapportens syfte är att undersöka huruvida trossamfund har hanterat corona-pandemin under april 2020och om det finns några skillnader mellan olika trossamfunds hantering. Rapporten ämnar ävenundersöka vilka faktorer som kan ligga bakom eventuella skillnader i hanteringen. Genom struktureradeintervjuer av 29 olika samfund i Karlstad, ämnas följande frågeställningar besvaras; Hur hanterar deolika samfunden corona-pandemin? Finns det skillnader mellan samfundens hantering av coronapandemin?Vad finns det för skillnader mellan samfundens hantering av corona-pandemin? Samt; Vilkafaktorer orsakar skillnader mellan samfundens hantering av corona-pandemin?Studiens resultat visar att samtliga trossamfund som intervjuats i någon utsträckning har ställt inoch/eller anpassat sin verksamhet för att hantera de begränsningar som den rådande pandemin inneburit.Skillnader mellan trossamfundens hantering av corona-pandemin har synliggjorts på sådant vis att dettydligt visar skillnader kring i vilken utsträckning trossamfunden har stängt ner aktiviteter och offentligasammankomster. Graden av anpassningar och hantering av pandemin grundas på faktorer så somförutsättningar i form av ekonomiska resurser, lokaler och tidigare erfarenheter.

  • 3.
    Abrahamsson, Judit
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013).
    Religionskunskapslärares tolkning av sitt ämne och dess syfte: En kvalitativ undersökning av religionskunskapslärares tolkning och didaktiska tillämpning2021Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this qualitative study is to examine how teachers comprehend and interpret the subject of Religious Studies in Sweden; and how these interpretations manifest themselves practically in their teachings.

    The theoretical framework of the subject Religious Studies can be perceived and interpreted in different ways. This interpretation, as well as its practical implementation, is a process that is largely determined by a teacher’s knowledge of: pedagogical content knowledge, subject matter knowledge and curricular knowledge. The examination is based on eight semi-struc-tured interviews with Religious Studies teachers. Perceptions and methods were explored with each of them, the output of which has been analysed and themed.

    The result of the study clearly demonstrated that the main purpose of Religious Studies teaching was to increase the acceptance and tolerance of its students. It also revealed that due to the breadth and complexity of subject matter, the practical implementation of their teaching approaches varied significantly. Furthermore, its effectiveness is not only influence by the teaching approach itself, but also by individual’s own personal development.

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  • 4.
    Ahlstrand, Caroline
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013).
    Livet som pågår i vardagen: anpassningar av livscykelritualer som dop, konfirmationer och bröllop: En studie av hur en pandemi påverkar livscykelritualer i Karlstad2020Student paper second term, 10 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna rapport är en del av projektet Religion i samhällskris och undersöker hur livscykelritualer som dop, konfirmation och bröllop har påverkats bland Karlstads församlingar och organisationer under rådande pandemi Covid-19. Pandemin medförde restriktioner om social distansering och att undvika samlas i grupper vilket påverkar ritualernas utförande under både ceremoni och firande. Undersökningen belyser tidigare forskning passageriter och vilken betydelse de kan utgöra för människor. Rapporten utgår från tidigare forskning och intervjuer som gjorts bland Karlstads religiösa samfund för att komma att diskutera betydelsen av de åtgärder och förändringar som gjorts. Undersökningen visar på att de olika samfunden och organisationerna har hanterat restriktionerna på olika vis och med varierad.

  • 5.
    Ahlstrand, Caroline
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013).
    Tager du denna klänning?: En kvalitativ studie om bröllopsritens koppling till konsumtion.2021Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This paper examines if the wedding rite today can be considered as a rite of consumption rather than a rite of passage, with base in the wedding gown. The method used is a qualitative text and content analysis, this method has been applied to three articles and one book whom discuss the wedding and consumption related to the bride gown. To analyze this material Arnold Van Gennep´s definition of rites of passage is applied. Weddings are in our time strongly influenced by consumption with a strong focus on materiality rather than on religion. The wedding gown can be considered to be one of the most important artefacts today concerning the bride adapting to her new identity and social role. 

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  • 6.
    Ahola, Robin
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Att läsa det levda: En kvalitativ innehållsanalys av levd religion i svenska läroböcker och läroplan.2023Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to lay a foundation to be able to examine if textbooks can be used to teach about lived religion. The study used a qualitative content analysis to examine whether lived religion could be identified in textbooks, within religious education, for the higher grades of compulsory school and in the curriculum with its commentary notes. The results were then analyzed in relation to each other to find out which aspects of lived religion coincided when interpreting the different sources. Using a coding scheme as an analysis tool, the content of the sources was interpreted based on the study's theoretical starting point and through a lived religion perspective. The theoretical starting point was based on Enstedt and Plank's (2018) seven themes- and Ammerman's (2016) three dimensions of lived religion. The results showed that lived religion could be identified in both textbooks and the curriculum, and that all aspects of lived religion that could be identified in the curriculum, also could be identified in all three textbooks. As previous research has shown a significant use of textbooks among teachers and that the lived religion perspective can contribute to a more inclusive religious education, the conclusions of this study show that textbooks contain material identified as lived religion. Thus, this study lays the foundation for further examinations into the use of textbooks in teaching about lived religion.

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  • 7. Alfonsson Bystrand, Hanna
    En teoriprövning av Paul Knitters modeller på romanen Röde Orm: Hur Frans G. Bengtsson beskriver olika religionsmöten i romanen Röde Orm med hjälp av Paul Knitters modeller2021Student paper second term, 10 HE creditsStudent thesis
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  • 8. Alfonsson Bystrand, Hanna
    Nyandliga fenomen inom Nordmarkens pastorat: Postsekulära tolkningar av deltagarobservationer i en Värmländsk församling2022Student paper other, 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to investigate The Church of Sweden’s role in the society of Årjängs municipality and to make visible if and how new spiritual phenomena occurs in Nordmarken Parish. Previous research suggests that more research is needed regarding new spirtual phenomena (Frisk 2015). Previous research also shows that new spiritual related thoughts is rising in Sweden which in turn warrants more studies in the area (Löwendahl 2002). The methods used in this study will consist of participant observations and content analysis where the observations will be used for gathering data and content analysis to interpret said data. The results of the study show that new spiritual related elements do exist in Nordmarken Parish although not to any great extent. One reason for this seem to be the influence of the Corona virus leading to fewer new spiritual related activities than previous years. The study also shows that The Church of Sweden in Nordmarken Parish has a relatively prominent and visible role in the society of Årjängs municipality. The result in relation to previous studies does match with Jarnkvists (2017) presentation that The Church of Sweden play a large role in the life of many Swedes.

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  • 9.
    Andersson, Daniel
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Döden väntar inte: Anpassningar av vanliga begravningar under Covid-19 pandemin2020Student paper second term, 10 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med denna rapport är att undersöka om kristna församlingar tvingats göra kompromisser eller anpassa sina begravningsritualer under corona-pandemin. Tidigare forskning om hur begravningar har hanterats vid andra epidemier, så som aids-epidemin på 80- och 90-talet och kolera-epidemin i Guinea-Bissau 1994, samt hur begravningstraditionen har utvecklats i slutet av 1900-talet har fungerat som inspiration för vad som ska undersökas i denna rapport. För att få ett svar på rapportens syfte har en kvalitativ insamlingsmetod bestående av strukturerade intervjuer av religiösa samfund och begravningsbyråer använts för att sammanställa ett empiriskt material i form av en databas. Med hjälp av en kvalitativ innehållsanalys har dessa intervjuer analyserats för att ge ett svar på rapportens frågeställning. Genom denna analys av intervjuer med fem kristna församlingar och två begravningsbyråer så går det att konstatera att anpassningar och kompromisser har varit nödvändiga när det kommer till hantering av avlidna och planering samt genomförande av begravningar. Rapporten visar att under pågående pandemi har man lyckats hitta lösningar för att kunna genomföra begravningar, utan att ritualerna påverkas nämnvärt.

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  • 10.
    Andersson, Daniel
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013).
    Religionsundervisning, etik och populärkultur.: En kvalitativ studie om J.R.R. Tolkiens The Fellowship of the Ring och dess didaktiska potential i religionskunskapsundervisningen på gymnasienivå.2021Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of the study was to evaluate the didactic potential, and applicability of fiction in religious education. The subject I wanted to examine was J.R.R. Tolkiens The Fellowship of the Ring and whether it could be enriching for religious studies in upper secondary school, focusing on normative ethics.The study used a qualitative research method and the empirical material consisted of J.R.R. Tolkiens The Fellowship of the Ring. The book was read several times and sorted and reduced using focused coding searching for ethical dilemmas and different thematic units. The result was analyzed with the help of the high school’s curriculum, previous research, and selected theoretical concepts, normative ethics and didactic potential.The results showed that the book contained a large number of ethical dilemmas and several thematic units wich could help realize its didactic potential. The book’s usefullnes and didactic potential, focusing on normative ethics in religious studies, could then be proven on the basis of the upper secondary school’s and religious studies curriculum, as well as using previous research. The ethical dilemmas and thematic units found throughout the book make it highly usefull for discussing issues of normative ethics in the classroom.

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  • 11.
    Andersson, Elena
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies.
    Buddhismens olika ansikten: Gymnasieelevers föreställningar om buddhism2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In Sweden and in the West, interest in Buddhism has increased and many have a more positive view of Buddhism than other religions. Other studies have been able to discern this positive view of Buddhism, but I have not yet found a study that has examined how students view Buddhism.At secondary school, Religionskunskap 1 is a compulsory course that all-school students read regardless of program, and thus all studentshave been taught about Buddhism.In this thesis, I try to find out how secondary school students who recently took the course view Buddhism and how well the orientalist mindset and postcolonial perspective appear in the students ́ statements.Students from three upper secondary schools participated in the survey and at each interview 5 -6 students were interviewed. The result showed that the students had a very positiveimageof Buddhism.The view of religion, prayer and ruleswas not as good and therefore the students had difficulty defining Buddhism as a religion. Two imagesappeared clearly and the first was that Buddhism is a kind of philosophy of life and the other that it is a religion but without a god and that it is a good religion.The students meant thatBuddhismcan be definiteas areligion because there is a founder, Buddha, belief in some supernatural powers like "samsara" and "nirvana", but somestudents object by saying that a religion must have some kind of God, and they understand that Buddhism doesn’t have a God. In the conversation about Buddhism, it is clear that the students are talking about a form of Buddhism. The leek's rites are notmentioned. The only ritual associated with Buddhism is meditation seen as a tool for reaching the "truth" or nirvana. There are monks, the Dalai Lama and the Buddha who can represent the Buddhists, the laymen, on the other hand, get little place in student conversations.The conclusion that can be drawn from the results is that the students' view of Buddhism is largely in line with the image found in previous research. The result that was extra interesting was that the students questioned Buddhism as a religion, something that seems to be public perceptions both within the academy and the public.

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  • 12.
    Andersson, Evelina
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Att våga vara religiös i ett svensktklassrum: En kvalitativ studie om hur religiös tro bemöts i religionsundervisningensklassrumsmiljö2021Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study has been to investigate how religious beliefs are met in the classroom inreligious studies. The study has also sought to answer if there are any methods to use in orderto create the best education in religious studies. One of the questions asked in the study is; howreligious persuasion is dealt with in the classroom of religious studies? Furthermore, a questionasked is: what didactic methods are there for teachers to use in religious studies education? Inorder to answer these questions, previous research regarding interviews with both teachers andstudents and classroom observations has been taken into consideration. The material has beenanalysed through a content analysis and an encoding process. The result shows a differencebetween how students view religion and religious studies, based on their own religious beliefs.Students with religious beliefs experience that the demands in religious studies are too lowwhile students with no religious beliefs often have a one-sided and quite negative image ofreligion. Furthermore, the result shows how teachers are working in religious studies and whatdidactic methods that can be used in order for students to find the subject educational. The resultof the study highlights the importance of allowing the students to learn about the differentreligions in dept. Last, the result shows that the relationship between the teacher and the student,with respect for the individual, is the key for a successful education in religious studies. 

  • 13.
    Andersson, Fredrik
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Död och begravning i en krissituation: En kvalitativ studie om coronapandemins påverkan på död och begravning i Karlstads kommun under april månad 20202020Student paper second term, 10 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Den här rapporten avser att undersöka hur religiösa samfund i Karlstads kommun har hanteratdöd och begravning under april månad 2020. Utifrån källmaterial som är framtaget avstudenter som deltagit i ett forskningsprojekt vid Karlstads Universitet framställs ett resultatöver hur de deltagande religiösa samfunden har hanterat död och begravning. Resultatet harvisat att de olika religiösa samfunden har fått förändra sina verksamheter utefter den pågåendecoronapandemin. Det som går att utläsa är att de religiösa samfunden har hanterat död ochbegravning snarlikt varandra. Skillnaderna som påvisats har skett på individuell nivå ochsåledes fått anpassas för det enskilda samfundet. Utöver detta kommer rapporten även att visavilka anpassningar de religiösa samfunden har gjort, med en bakgrund kopplad till derestriktioner och direktiv som Folkhälsomyndigheten har angivit. Undersökningen visar attanpassningar har gjorts och dessa har gjorts individuellt för att vara väl anpassade förverksamheten.2

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  • 14.
    Andersson, Fredrik
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013).
    Julfirande i en pandemitid: En kvalitativ studie om hur församlingar och pastorat inom Svenskakyrkan i Värmland planerar och genomför julfirandet under en pandemi2021Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of the study is to see how congregations and pastorates within the Church ofSweden in Värmland adapt their activities to be able to carry out a Christmas celebration andstill meet the requirements of the social distancing. The study also intends to see howpreparations and implementation differ between Easter and the Christmas celebrations duringa pandemic. The purpose of this study is based on the assumption that the church does notcancel a holiday, they are instead adapting the celebration to meet the social distancingrequirements. The study seeks to answer how and what the churches do to adjust the holidaycelebrations to meet these requirements. The three questions this study seeks to answer isfirst, what adjustments are made by congregations and pastorates to be able to carry out aChristmas celebration. Secondly, how preparations and implementation of the Christmascelebration differentiate from the Easter celebration in April 2020 and third, is it possible thatthe current pandemic affects the way of how the Christmas celebrations work and creates newrituals which could be viable for the future celebrations. In order to achieve the purpose ofthe study and to be able to answer the study's three research questions, qualitative interviewsand observation have been the study's methods. These have been used to provide the studywith a large amount of data that gives the study wider and deeper answers. The results showthat it is possible to carry out a Christmas celebration in the current situation we are in, evenif it has not turned out as planned from the beginning. The difference between the Easter andChristmas celebrations is substantial, but with the Easter celebrations as an experience,people had begun to understand how to work and think in order to be able to carry out aChristmas celebration.

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  • 15.
    Andersson Happe, Emma
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013).
    Mediatiserad religion i ramen av humor: En studie av den amerikanska sitcom-serien the Big Bang Theory2015Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Since 2007 the American sitcom the Big Bang Theory has spread throughout the world. With its twenty million watchers it is one of the most popular sitcoms of our time. The starting point for this essay is that the humourus series with the more or less geeky main characters is more than just entertainment - it is a part of the mediatization of religion. This means that media is affecting the recipients’ view on religion in general and the personal religion. As we watch TV, we get socialized into how to act in our every day life. In this case, it is about religion depicted as entertainment. Through a film analysis of a number of selected scenes from the first three seasons of the series, this essay stresses the representation of the religious traditions Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism and religion in general. On the basis of etnocentrism, exitocism and a differentiation between religious praxis and religious beliefs my conclution is that Jews are portrayed in a very ”modern” and secular way, Christians are narrow-minded and quite stupid and Hindus are doing strange rituals and believe in very unreasonable phenomena. Religion in general is portrayed as something accepted but it should be rational and religous practice has its own time and place. 

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  • 16. Andersson, Malin
    Att säga "No More" till ondskan: En narrativ analys av Stranger Things-karaktären Eleven som kristusgestalt2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Uppsatsens ansats är att undersöka hur den kvinnliga karaktären Eleven kan tolkas som en kristusgestalt. Med hjälp av en narrativ analys av utvalda scener i säsong ett av tv-serien Stranger Things där karaktären Eleven figurerar, analyseras både Elevens handlingar och hennes karaktäristiska drag med hjälp av bland annat Tomas Axelsons förståelse av en kristusgestalt och dess rötter, samt Lloyds Baughs åtta kriterier för kristusgestalter. Resultatet visar att Elevens karaktäristiska drag och handlingar är till stor del förenliga med en kristusgestalts, men är inte oproblematiskt. Många av Elevens handlingar, även de som genomförs med ett beskyddande syfte, genomsyras av våld, vilket inte är kristuslikt alls. Tidigare forskning menar att våld är vanligt förekommande bland dagens kristusgestalter, men frågan kan ställas huruvida detta så vitt skiljande drag bör påverka tolkning av karaktärer som kristusgestalter.

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  • 17.
    Andersson, Markus
    Karlstad University.
    I väntan på den dolde Imamen: En studie av vad några gymnasielärare och deras läroböcker tar upp om Shiaislam i religionskunskapsundervisningen2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 18.
    Andersson, Mikaela
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013).
    Hindukvinnor – sida vid sida: En kvalitativ diskursanalys över konstruktionen av hindukvinnor i svenska och indiska läroböcker2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    School is a place for identity formation. When gender and religion are studied pupils tend to perceive religion, especially non-Christian religions, as traditional and patriarchal. Female oppression in religion is also used as a way of “othering”. Religious education is rarely presenting the women’s perspective. The purpose of this study is to analyze and compare the construction of Hindu women in Swedish and Indian school textbooks. The study was conducted through discourse analysis, using Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe’ “toolbox” for identifying group identity. As a theoretical framework postcolonial theory and postcolonial feminism were used. A total of eight textbooks were examined. The results showed that the discourse of Hindu women in Swedish textbooks was not hegemonic, instead, it consisted of four different discourse. Some of them were colonial in character. Only one textbook showed Hindu women as religious agents. Women in Indian textbooks were constructed in a different way, often described as agents, working for change in a traditional society. By studying how group identity and agency are constructed in textbooks religious education can become better equipped to enable gender and religious identities in a multicultural society. Hence this thesis claims that the research between gender, religious education and multiculturalism need further inquiry.

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  • 19.
    Andersson, Monica
    Karlstad University.
    Vad tron innebär för wicca-anhängare: En kvalitativ intervjustudie2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 20.
    Andersson, Rasmus
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Skildringen av samtida asatro i svensk media: En innehållsanalys av hur samtida asatro representeras i digital nyhetsmedia2022Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study focuses on how Asatrú movements in Sweden are depicted and discussed in digital news articles through two different lenses: How are these movements depicted and which aspects of these movements and their faith are brought up most frequently? The theoretical framework for the study consists of Stuart Hall’s Reception Theory, positive and negative Essentialism as well as Erving Goffman’s theory of Stigma. The method consists of a qualitative content analysis focusing on analyzing the ideas, ideologies and narratives presented in the studied articles, and the material consists of digital articles picked from various Swedish news publications such as Aftonbladet, Dagens Nyheter and Expressen, published between 2015 - 2021. The study shows that the discussion of these Asatrú movements is dominated by their perceived connections to racism and right wing extremist groups. On the other hand, the articles and their authors also make attempts to counterbalance this depiction by discussing aspects of the religion such as Blót, ritual sacrifices, as well as by interviewing members of these movements to show their thoughts and feelings about their religion.

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  • 21.
    Angleborg, Karin
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013).
    Arvsynden och barnet: I historisk och senmodern svensk kontext2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Bachelor Thesis in Religious Science III, by Karin Angleborg.Karlstad University, 2013. Mentor: Sören DaleviOriginal Sin and the Child- In a Historical and Late Modern Swedish ContextThe purpose of this thesis is to analyze how the view of the child in relation to the Original Sin has developed during Christian history, and what the late modern Swedish debate has contributed with.Question formulation:1. What is the historical view on Original Sin and its relation to the child?2. Which voices has participated in the late modern Swedish debate about Original Sin and the relationship between Original Sin and the child?3. How can the late modern Swedish debate about the Original Sin and its relation to the child be understood in relation to the historical perspective?A qualitative textual analysis is used as a method to answer the purpose and questions of this thesis. Different theologians from both a historical and a late modern Swedish context are analyzed for the thesis in order to identify the tendencies that influence the Original Sin debate. The results of the analysis include identification of two common themes within the historical perspective, themes which are also present in the late modern Swedish debate.

  • 22.
    Appelqvist, Tomas
    Lund University, Sweden.
    A Lutheran answer to challenges from Alasdair MacIntyre and Stanley Hauerwas: Early Lutheran theology and ethics in dialogue with present day post-secularism2014In: Svensk teologisk kvartalskrift, ISSN 0039-6761, Vol. 90, no 3, p. 100-119Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The new traditionalist wave in ecumenical theology (for example Hauerwas, MacIntyre and Milbank) gives little and often even negative attention to Early Reformation thoughts. Lutheran theology is often depicted as a platonic ecclesiology where the ethics and politics of the “secular” society is accepted automatically also with-in the church. The article presents some of the main critical questions to Early Lutheran thinking from con-temporary theology. Then, a short historical investigation follows on some Lutheran concepts, like the “Two kingdoms doctrine” and "The three orders". I use a heavily discussed topics within Lutheran tradition, the "Table of duties” within the Catechism, to show that at least historically, Early Lutheranism can give a com-prehensive response to post-secular critics. The critique against Lutheranism in contemporary theology is not correct if the writings from Early Lutheranism (Martin Luther and the Book of Concord) are studied closely. Then, the hermeneutical question, how to deal with this historical knowledge today, remains. I claim for a middle-way between liberalism and communitarianism, that will make it possible for a wide range of interpre-tations concerning Christianity and culture in our multi-cultural society.

  • 23.
    Appelqvist, Tomas
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Befrielse på folkspråk?: Språk och ecklesiologi i reformationstida kyrkoordningar och i kyrkohandboksförslaget2014In: Framtidens gudstjänst?: Kyrkohandboksförslaget granskat / [ed] Stephan Borgehammar, Skellefteå: Artos & Norma bokförlag, 2014, p. 17-48Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 24.
    Appelqvist, Tomas
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Lutherforskningens koppling till luthersk tro: En kritisk utvärdering av ett forskningsprojekt2017In: Svensk teologisk kvartalskrift, ISSN 0039-6761, Vol. 93, no 1-2, p. 95-108Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article evaluates a research project on Lutheran theology and ethics in a post-Christian society supervised by professor emeritus Carl-Henric Grenholm, Uppsala University. The project has resulted in six books and the topics of the books are: (1) original sin, (2) spiritual training, (3) political aspects of Christian ethics, (4) human bodies, pleasure and passion, (5) vocation, and (6) law and sin in nineteenth-century revival movements. As a whole, the project puts focus on twentieth-century theology and gives only little attention to what Luther has actually written. Even less attention is paid to other early Lutheran writers. Present-day Christian globalism and ecumenism are not noted at all in the books of the project. Future Lutheran scholarship can learn a lot from the failures of this project. It is important to treat the sources from the sixteenth century carefully and contextualize them in order to translate them into present time. It also seems increasingly necessary to clarify previous research traditions on the topics that present-day scholars write about. As a last insight we can see that Luther scholars, instead of locking the early Lutheran sources into modernist categories, need to reevaluate the diverse Lutheran tradition from which they form their own theological agenda, thereby clarifying how they interpret the Biblical and ancient church traditions on the topic in dialogue with the Lutheran doctrinal formulations from the sixteenth century.

  • 25.
    Appelqvist, Tomas
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Religion i svensk läroplanshistoria: Utvecklingslinjer i uppfattningen om människan som politiskt och etiskt subjekt2015In: Det postsekulära klassrummet: Mot ett vidgat religionskunskapsbegrepp / [ed] Carlsson, David & Thalén, Peder, Uppsala: Swedish Science Press, 2015, p. 109-134Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 26.
    Arriaza Hult, Samuel
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Lärare och livsåskådning: En kvalitativ studie om lärares förhållningssätt till livsåskådning i sinundervisning.2021Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This essay aims to answer how teachers interpret the concept of ‘worldview’ and how they convert theirinterpretation to action in the classroom. This means I aiming to investigate what and how do they teachabout worldview, for example what kind of content do the teachers use, how do they include worldviewin the course plan with the rest of the other elements and if the students participate and interact with theown worldview. To analyze this, I have divided my theory into two camps, camp which intend toillustrate a more subjective side of worldview, and the other an objective side, this because it would givethe investigation a wider space, both for interpretation as for analyzing. I have conducted interviewswith seven teachers from five different schools in the regions Värmland and Västmanland. The teachersinclude both men and women, they teach both theoretical programs with students who generally aim tostudy in the university, and profession programs with students who aims to work with a craft professionafter school, and as well teachers who work in a city and in smaller towns. To sort out the result I haveused the method of thematical coding where I focused on what the teachers said and what kind ofpatterns could be detected. With the result analyzed, I concluded that the teachers have differentmethods to conducting their teaching about worldview. Either the teachers included worldviews in areligious or secular context, if they conducted via the religious context, they used worldview as anobjective analytical tool. If they used the latter, the secular context, they used worldview as a subjectiveanalytical tool. And the teachers who chimes in the themes ‘religious context’ and ‘objective analytical’focuses more upon the student’s previous knowledge. The teachers who include in the themes ‘secularcontext’ and ‘subjective analytical tool’ focuses more upon the student’s experiences.

  • 27.
    Artan, Niklas Kanat
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013).
    Tv-spel som resurs för religionskunskap: En undersökning om tv-spel som resurs inom dygdetik2014Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This paper examines the possibilities of using video games as a tool for education of virtue ethics. By comparing learning aspects in Marc Prensky’s theory Digital Game-Based Learning and Aristotelian virtue ethics, this paper tries to look for similarities in how each theory looks at learning. Prensky’s theory is about how one can use video games in education, which is why it is used here. This is done by using three major learning theories as a framework of how one learns. The theories are sociocultural learning theory, constructivist learning theory and Learning by Doing. Both virtue ethics and Digital Game Based-Learning are presented in detail, describing what they are, how they look at learning and how that view relates to the other three major theories. Once that is done, a comparison between Virtue Ethics and Digital Game-Based Learning is given to show what they have in common. The comparison looks at both theories views on learning and from there decides whether they work in conjunction with each other or not. The paper ends with a discussion of how plausible the usage of video games and Digital GameBased Learning is in a school environment, asking questions regarding issues with video games in general and Prensky’s theory.

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  • 28.
    Artan, Niklas Kanat
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013).
    Tv-spel som resurs för religionskunskap.: En undersökning om tv-spel som resurs inom dygdetik.2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This paper examines the possibilities of using video games as a tool for education of virtue ethics. By comparing learning aspects in Marc Prensky’s theory Digital Game-Based Learning and Aristotelian virtue ethics, this paper tries to look for similarities in how each theory looks at learning. Prensky’s theory is about how one can use video games in education, which is why it is used here. This is done by using three major learning theories as a framework of how one learns. The theories are sociocultural learning theory, constructivist learning theory and Learning by Doing. Both virtue ethics and Digital Game Based-Learning are presented in detail, describing what they are, how they look at learning and how that view relates to the other three major theories. Once that is done, a comparison between Virtue Ethics and Digital Game-Based Learning is given to show what they have in common. The comparison looks at both theories views on learning and from there decides whether they work in conjunction with each other or not. The paper ends with a discussion of how plausible the usage of video games and Digital GameBased Learning is in a school environment, asking questions regarding issues with video games in general and Prensky’s theory.

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  • 29.
    Asker Kling, Mathilda
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013).
    Tikva: stretching och hopp: En ritualanalys av ett kristet träningspass med fokus på interritualitet, nyandliga praktiker och teologisk legitimitet2022Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In this qualitative study, written within the study of religion, a video recording of the ritual Tikva is analyzed. The purpose of the study is to investigate spiritual practices and how they are legitimized in a Christian context through ritual analysis. To achieve the purpose a theory of seven elements of rituals is used in the analysis. Another focus of the study is the theoretical concept of interrituality. The study aims to add to the research gap of Tikva. The essay belongs within the fields of religious studies, history of religion and sociology of religion, which are used to investigate theological phenomena.

    The material is taken from Instagram and consists of a video of 26 minutes, uploaded in September 2021 by a Christian congregation in Sweden. In the video, a woman is leading a Tikva session and demonstrates the movements for the followers. The video is chosen because it shows how the Christian elements are mixed with the spiritual elements. 

    The result says that the spiritual elements, which are movements looking like yoga poses, in the Tikva ritual are legitimized by being combined with Christian words and a Christian environment. The Christian words are from the Bible. During the ritual the woman shares seven different Bible words, and the place of the ritual is in a church which helps legitimize it as Christian. The scientific meaning of the results is that practices that appears to be spiritual can be legitimized as Christian by means of interrituality consisting of Christian ritual elements of place and language.

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  • 30. Axelsson, Hans
    Allan Boesaks teologi1991Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
  • 31. Axelsson, Hans
    Trälarna i Värmland / Dalsland1991Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
  • 32.
    Bastiani, Elisa
    Karlstad University.
    Shintonationalismen på skolbänkarna: Påverkan av shintonationalismen på skolans styrdokument i Japan2021Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In 1945 the US occupation forces pushed for the country's secularization. The Meji-dynasty, in power until 1945, had promoted a representation of Shinto with nationalist features known as Shinto nationalism. After secularization, religions in Japan have been viewed with suspicion if not with hostility. From the 1980s, however, nationalist movements striving for a return to the old Shinto nationalism began to take place in the political scenario again with the support of Jinja Honcho, the Association of Shinto temples. The purpose of this study is to analyse the impact of Shinto nationalism on Japanese society and especially on Japanese schools. The study uses discourse analysis as a method and examines from one side the school's governing documents with a focus on moral education, from the other side Jinja Honcho's brochures in the association's website. The texts are compared and the results show that Jinja Honcho's representation of Shinto has influenced the discourse in the Japanese school's governing documents and promoted an image of the Japanese as superior to other cultures in their relationship with nature, sensitivity, morality and strength.

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  • 33. Behrendtz, Lennart
    et al.
    Skogar, Björn
    Grundtvig, Geijer och deras verkningshistoria1997Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna skrift är en produkt av symposiet Grundtvig, Geijer och deras verkningsshistoria som anordnades i Karlstad och Dömle den xx - xx april 1996 för forskare och studenter.

    Arrangörer var avdelningen för historia och religionsvetenskap, Centrum för historisk-filosofisk forskning samt Center för Grundtvigsstudier vid Aarhus Universitet, Danmark

  • 34.
    Bergenlind, Johanna
    Karlstad University.
    Skolan och kyrkans samarbete kring traditionella högtider: Perspektiv på en motsägelsefull relation2012Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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  • 35.
    Berggren, Johanna
    Karlstad University, Division for Educational Sciences.
    Sekulariseringsprocessen i Svenska kyrkan och den kristna tron från 1800 talet fram till idag2007Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract

    We are all aware of the fact that we humans live in a society that changes as time goes on. How these things have affected us humans from the early 1pth century until today is on the other hand not always obvious. In this way my interest for this subject was aroused:

    How the status of Christianity in Swedish society and its school has changed in course of time from the 19th century until today?

    To find an answer to my question I chose to carry out a literature study. A study where I have worked with much different literature to find an answer to my question. A question that includes a secularizing process with many factors who has affects in a change process.

    The results shows that society has developed from being completely centralized around the Christian faith during the 19th century so that the Christian faith nowadays works as a resource and a voluntary organisation in society. There the agriculture changes to an industrial society. The humans move from the country to the cities in an urbanizing process. Cities were built up around the industries and the growing communication network. The industry revolution developed the society we all live in today, a service society and because of all these factors Sweden has today developed into a multicultural society through a secularizing process.

    Through this process can you see many traces of church-, school-, and the society process and how these factors have been affected and developed.

    Key words: The development of Christianity from the 19th century until today, view of life, religion, school and society.

  • 36.
    Bergström, Henrik
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies.
    Delar av Helheten: En religionsdidaktisk studie av antroposofin som tankesystem2017Student paper other, 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is threefold. The first is to provide an enhanced understanding of the anthroposophic movement's basic components and how they are interconnected to each other. Waldorfeducation is further a related example of an anthroposophic activity that is being studied. The basic idea is to study the structure of which a system of thought consist of. The theoretical framework for the study is therefore conducted according to Ninian Smart's seven dimensions of religion. This is further conducted through a hermeneutic analysis of two books. Smarts theory puts an emphasis on understanding a system of thought, rather than come to terms what religion or a system of ideas is in general. The second part is to evaluate the application of this theoretical framework according to the results from the study. The third part consists by how the result might be advantageous for teachers developing their teaching and to bring an enhanced understanding of religion in general. The results of the study find that different areas have their own expressions, but a common ground is found in a holistic worldview. A key finding is how expressions are being understood differently dependent on perspective, that is what the anthroposophic movement incorporate and functions through. The dimensional model has proven to be a viable method for both mapping features in a system of thought, as well as being beneficial in a didactic context. It’s possible to apply the dimensional model on several areas in the Swedish curriculum, concerning religious courses in the upper secondary school. Its’ ultimate merit is how different religions, system of thought, ideologies can be illustrated and discussed by the student which may enhance their understanding of a complex phenomenon.

  • 37.
    Bernardo, Angelo
    et al.
    Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
    O'Grady, Kevin
    von der Lippe, Marie
    University of Bergen, Norway.
    Niemi, Kristian
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Centre for the Studies of Social Sciences Didactics (from 2013). Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Teaching about Religion In Europe & the UK2021Other (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    An international panel of scholars will provide an overview of how several European countries teach about religion. The panelist will discuss the structure and curriculum of Religious Education (RE) courses in their contexts and offer insights into current trends in research and practice. 

  • 38.
    Billman, Emelie
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Åskådliggörandet av skuggan: Om att finna sin inneboende gudom2017Student paper second term, 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 39.
    Bjaaland, Simon
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013).
    Läroböcker och objektivitet i religionskunskap: En undersökning om objektivitet i svenska läroböcker i religionskunskap 1962- 20112016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Sammanfattning

    Syftet med denna uppsats har varit att undersöka objektivitet som mål och idé i läroplaner och

    läroböcker i religionskunskap med ett särskilt fokus på beskrivningarna av kristendomen.

    Först har jag undersökt objektivitet som mål och idé i de aktuella läroplanerna Lgr 62, 69, 80

    och Lpo 94. Därefter har jag tittat på hur objektivitet som mål återspeglas i de undersökta

    läroböckerna. Som metod har jag använt en innehållsanalys vilket är av fördel när en stor

    mängd text som i denna uppsats skall undersökas. Detta för att ett stort material kan reduceras

    systematiskt till begränsade kategorier av textens innehåll. Innehållsanalysen passade också

    till den teori som analysen tog spjärn emot. Det framkommer att objektivitet som mål

    återfinns i samtliga läroplaner men att objektivitet som begrepp var vanligt förekommande i

    Lgr 62 och 69. Slutligen kan man spåra objektivitet som mål i Lgr 80 och Lpo 94 till saklighet

    och allsidighet som kommit bli det centrala. Av undersökningen framkommer det att

    kristendomen är den religion som fått mest utrymme jämfört med övriga världsreligioner i

    samtliga läromedel kopplat till samtliga läroplaner. Det framkommer också att samtliga

    läroböcker är rikliga när det kommer till beskrivningar av olika inriktningar av kristendomen.

    När detta undersöks närmre är de främst rikliga när det kommer till beskrivningar av de

    samfund som har en nära geografisk koppling till Sverige och våra grannländer.

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  • 40. Bjarkå, S.
    et al.
    Haglund, C.
    Kjellberg, A.
    Osbeck, Christina
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Culture and Gender studies. Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Centre for the Studies of Social Sciences Didactics.
    Richardsson, A.
    Sohlberg, E.
    Svensson, A.
    Zetterblad, M.
    Rapportering av kvalitetsarbetet i kommuner och skolor samt Skolverkets åtgärder för att stödja detta arbete2000Report (Other academic)
  • 41.
    Björklund, Amanda
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    ”IS är väl en del av islam?!”: En kvalitativ studie av mellanstadielärares bilder av elevers uppfattningar om religion, islam och muslimer.2019Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study aims to investigate what picture middle school teachers have of their student groups expressing their opinions on religion, both as a social subject but also as a school subject. This study also aims to investigate how these middle school teachers experience their student groups expressing their views on Islam, and Muslims, and to what extent the students are connecting Islam with religious extremism. Based on the results, the study will also investigate to what extent the participant teachers are working with conceptual change in the classroom, and for their students’ individual development in religious education. In conclusion of the results from the investigation, the study will try to perceive to what extent the student groups are in need of conceptual change. The teachers of this study are working at middle schools in Sweden. Two of the teachers participating in the study are working abroad, at two Swedish schools in two other European countries. The reason behind the participation of the two teachers working abroad is to get a wider perspective on the subject, but also to compare the results between students in Sweden and Swedish students abroad. The perspective could have been even broader if the study would have included more teachers from Swedish schools in Europe. In total the study contains fourteen middle school teachers who have been interviewed through two qualitative methods - five of the teachers through individual meetings, and nine of the teachers through online surveys. The study’s results are being presented partly with a qualitative compilation of four tables where each interview has been interpreted through four different questions with different claims. Every claim has a value between 1 and 5, or, 1 and 4, where the higher number gives a more positive result and a lower number gives a more negative result. The study’s results will show that the teachers who experience their student groups to have a more positive view on religion as a subject are also having a more positive view on Islam and Muslims. These student groups are, either never or occasionally, connecting Islam with religious extremism, and at the same time are receiving an education on the meaning behind religious extremism. The results are also showing that the teachers who experience their student groups having a more negative view on religion as a subject also have a more negative view on Islam and Muslims. These student groups are, either sometimes or very often, connecting Islam with religious extremism. These student groups are never, or rarely, receiving an education about the meaning behind religious extremism. The final result of the study will show an interesting connection between the teachers’ perception of the student groups who are connecting Islam, Muslims and the terror group IS, are also not offered an education in the subject regarding religious extremism. The teachers who perceive the student groups to not connect Islam, Muslims and the terror group IS, are offering an education in religious extremism. Therefor, the study is discussinghow middle school students would grow on an individual level when offered a deeper education in religion where world religions would be viewed through different perspectives, where the stereotypic picture of religious actions and religious practice would be outcompeted.

  • 42.
    Björnstad, Amanda
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies.
    "Sjung Rama, Sjung Allah": Interreligiöst deltagande av manliga muslimska musiker i hinduiska religiösa sammanhang i Indien2017Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to examine interreligious participation for male Muslim musicians in Hindu religious context. Data for this study is collected by qualitative interviews on the previously mentioned Muslims. These interviews where performed in India, Varanasi. The collected data is analyzed through four perspectives on interreligious participation. The results show how the participation can be understood. It also shows through which of the four perspectives, which this papers theory rests on, can be used to understand how the musicians explain their participation. The four perspectives are; the participation perspective, the cultural perspective, the practitioner’s perspective and the no perspective, that enlightens the understanding of this particular interreligious participation. The result shows that a combination of the four perspectives is used to best understand the answers for the study questions. By discussing three major themes that correlates with the study question it became apparent that a combination of the different perspectives was the way to understand it. The first theme; music or faith had a majority of the use of the practitioner’s perspective. The other theme; the contact to God, shows more of a combination where the three first perspectives are dominant. The final theme: Music as a religion, is mostly a combination of the no perspective and the practitioner’s perspective. What can be said from those findings are that all of the perspectives are needed to understand how the musicians claim to experience and feel about their interreligious participation, although some of the perspectives are more used than others.

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  • 43.
    Björnström, Laila
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    ”Kyrkan förvaltar, äger 460 tusen hektar av skapelsen”: En kvalitativ innehållsanalys av samiska perspektiv på försoningsprocessen mellan Svenska kyrkan och det samiska folket.2023Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This essay examines Sami perspectives on the reconciliation process between the Sami people and the church of Sweden. This is based on a qualitative content analysis of the recitals during the Ságastallamat conference in October 2022 that brought together Sami and church representatives. Theoretically, the essay is based on a model for reconciliation in post-colonial societies developed by Verdeja (2017). Reconciliation is understood according to this model as divided into four concepts, critical reflection, symbolic recognition, material recognition, and political participation. The result shows that the concepts applied to the Sami perspectives that emerged during Ságastallamat 2. The Sami representatives expressed that all four concepts were needed for reconciliation to be reached. A point at issue that emerged as particularly important in all parts of the reconciliation model was the land issue and self-determination. This was connected to critical reflection since it was considered that the self-determination of Sami´s land had been lost through colonization. It was also connected to symbolic recognition as the church was prompted to take a stand for the Sami to regain lost land. The fact that the church of Sweden owns land was connected to material recognition as the church was urged to return the land to the Sami. Finally, the issue of land was connected to political participation since it was considered that the Sami should be given self-determination over land and that within the church one should use Sami knowledge to manage the creation. 

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  • 44.
    Blomqvist, Helene
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies (from 2013).
    Hopp i krigets skugga: Grunder för hopp hos Niklas Rådström och Werner Jeanrond2022In: Svensk kyrkotidning, ISSN 0346-2153, Vol. 118, no 8, p. 234-239Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Artikeln undersöker med hjälp av Werner Jeanronds teologi om hoppet Niklas Rådströms roman En Marialegend. Begreppet hopp sätts hos Rådström i motsatsställning till uppgivenhet och förtvivlan. Konsten, medmänskligheten, det späda barnet och gudstron får bli hoppets ljuspunkter i tider av krig, våld, terror och konsumism.

  • 45.
    Blomqvist, Helene
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Culture and Gender studies.
    Lagerkvists Sibyllan och det monistiska problemet2006In: På spaning: Från Svenska kyrkans forskardagar 2005 / [ed] Gunner, Göran, Stockholm: Verbum Forlag, 2006Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 46.
    Bondfeldt, Maryam
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    "Remaining and expanding": En kritisk diskursanalys om kalifatets territoriella entitet och föreställda gemenskap2021Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this essay is to use critical discourse analysis to answer the essay's three questions, (1) How does the Islamic State express the territoriality and identity of the Caliphate in Dabiq? (2) How does the idea of the Caliphate relate to Benedict Anderson's “Imagined Community” and finally (3 ) How can the territoriality of the caliphate be analyzed on the basis of Sack's definition of the term?To investigate this, the Islamic State's official journal, Dabiq, has been analyzed on the basis of four selected categories, khilafah, hijrah, ummah and bay’ah. Robert Sacks definition of a territory and Benedict Anderson's theory of the imagined community are two theories applied to the essay thesis in order to be theory tested and contribute to a deeper understanding. Based on this, it could be stated that the territorial and identity aspects of the caliphate are expressed through the four categories analyzed. It can also be stated that both an imagined community and a territorial aspect emerged in the analysis. It is thus neither an imagined community nor a territorial aspect but both parts.

  • 47.
    Bornstedt, Hanna
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    ”Det är ett konfessionellt rum, det är ju en kyrka”: Kvalitativa intervjuer med fyra präster inom svenska kyrkan och deras syn på den icke-konfessionella skolavslutningen i kyrkorummet2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This paper discusses four priests within the Swedish church and their view of the non-denominational graduation ceremony in church. The purpose is to examine the priests' view of the non-denominational graduation and their role in the ceremony. Possible Christian approaches in school law and school policy documents have also been examined. The examination was based on qualitative interviews with four priests and analysis of both the school's and the church's legal texts and guidelines. I have utilized Anthony Giddens' views on identity and the modern society in the discussion of the results. Based on the results, one can then deduce that the priests in my study all believe that it is not possible to be in a church without being confessional, and that they find it difficult to know what role they should have at a graduation. It was also possible to distinguish a connection between the national school curriculum and Protestantism to some extent. 

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  • 48.
    Brandby Cöster, Margareta
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education.
    Att uppfatta allt mänskligt: underströmmar av luthersk livsförståelse i Selma Lagerlöfs författarskap. Swedish text with a German summery2001Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis categorises some characteristic features in the 20th century Lutheran theology, in order to create a picture of the Lutheran theology and Lutheran pre-understanding of life which leave its marks on Selma Lagerlöf as well as on other contemporary expressions of faith and worldviews. Four Lutheran figures of thought are examined as undercurrents in the discourse of the writings of Selma Lagerlöf. They are a) The understanding of Word and Faith, which includes the understanding of justification by faith. b) Faith in God as Creator and in his providence. c) The doctrine of vocatio and God's two regiments. d) The theology of the Cross that emphasises the descent of God and God's taking part in the human life. This investigation has shown that the epic of Lagerlöf can be read in terms of Lutheran theology.

    The religious roots of Selma Lagerlöf are often described as ”a nothing” - a traditional background, a friendly non-doctrinal piety, and so forth. But this inconspicuous and unconscious religious background has a content, namely the Lutheran faith in the culture and society in which she grew up.

    Some of the great novels such as The story of Gösta Berlings saga, Jerusalem and The wonderful adventures of Nils and some stories, sagas and legends are investigated. The study shows how the Lutheran understanding of life is expressed in these texts and their interpretation of the reality.

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  • 49.
    Brandt, Daniel
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Enighet eller inte?: En innehållsanalys av Christopher J. Malloys romersk-katolska kritik avDen gemensamma deklarationen om rättfärdiggörelsen2019Student paper second term, 10 HE creditsStudent thesis
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    Brox, Björn
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Ett nytt digitalt didaktiskt verktyg för religionsundervisningen: En studie om hur Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion och andra dataspel kan hjälpa lärare att öka elevernas intresse för religionsämnet genom att bryta ner förutfattade åsikter2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In recent years studies have shown students interest in school has dropped as they mainly see the subjects being taught or their content to be irrelevant or hard to relate to.

    This essay explores how using computer games, specifically Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, as a teaching tool can help increase students overall interest in the subject of religious education which should facilitate more learning. This essay will be focusing on the Judeo-Christian themes that can be found in the games dialogue, texts and the main missions. To accomplish this, a text analysis will be done of some of the conversations and texts in the game as well as a more thematic analysis of the main missions.

    The texts and conversations were collected by playing through the games main missions and taking screenshots during reading, conversations and key parts of the story. These screenshots are featured in a separate appendix.

    This essay follows a socio-cultural theory of learning as laid out by Lev Vygotsky and later James Wertsch. This theory argues that learning is facilitated in groups of people, and is affected by the kinds of groups that the learners are involved with. It also argues that:

    1. Everything has evolved to reach the point/form it has today.
    2. Higher mental functions come from social interactions.
    3. Human actions are transferred with tools and symbols.

    The computer game in this study is shown to be one such tool, and can be used to facilitate socio-cultural learning. It can also be used to overcome barriers against learning in school that the students may have picked up at home or amongst their friends by approaching them in a more familiar manner. This makes the game and others like it a good tool for teachers struggling to reach their students through a wall of disinterest.

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