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Kristendomen i den svenska skolans religionskunskap: En analys av debatten kring utformningen av den nya kursplanen i religionskunskap
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Christianity in the Curriculum : An Analysis of the Debate around the new Curriculum in Religious Studies (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this essay is to describe and analyze the debate surrounding the construction of the 2011 years curriculum of the Swedish schools` religious studies. The debate is concerning whether or not Christianity should have a unique position in the curriculum against other religions. The method is to analyze the arguments by an argument analysis. The purpose is also to analyze the argumentation to see how secularization and pluralism have influenced the debate and the different standpoints. The essays material consists of debate articles from the four largest news sites on the internet.

The most common argument for Christianity’s unique position is that Christianity has had an important role in the development of the Swedish society, culture and literature and is therefore important knowledge for understanding the Swedish society. The most common argument against Christianity´s unique position argues that Sweden today is a multicultural and pluralistic society and therefore the education should be the same to help the students to understand the society that they live in.

The essay shows that the argumentation is largely normative and built by the debaters own views, beliefs and thought of the ideal religious education and cannot therefore be determined whether the argumentation is true or false. The essay also shows that the debate in many ways is characterized by secularized and pluralistic argumentation. The essay shows that the secular climate in Sweden has had an influence on the debaters. They all are of the opinion that the education should be built on a scientific and secular ground.

They are also of the opinion that the education should be nonconfessional and that the education should be pluralistic and that it is important to study different religions and other life views.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 68 p.
Keyword [sv]
Religion, Skola, Kristendom, Religionskunskap, Debatt, Sekularisering, Pluralism
National Category
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-22515OAI: diva2:570203
Subject / course
Religious Studies
Educational program
Lärarprogrammet, inriktning mot verksamhet i grundskolans senare år och gymnasiet
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-11-22 Created: 2012-11-17 Last updated: 2013-03-12Bibliographically approved

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