Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE credits
The purpose of this thesis is to examine how some Swedish teachers use film and movies as a
resource when they teach religious studies in upper secondary school. Three questions were
created to define the main focus of the thesis namely how the teachers perceived how they used
film, how they justified there use and which advantages and disadvantages they see with using
film in their teaching. To be able to answer them correctly the empirical data was collected by
two methods; a survey and three interviews. The empirical data was then related to previous
research in the same field.
The thesis concludes that the teachers use film in the classroom in many ways, including as a way
to present facts about religions to the students and as a way to make it easier to understand
difficult parts of the subject. They also use film as way to make the students better at
understanding and discussing different perspectives of religion and ethics. The main
disadvantages film has is that it take a lot of time to show a film and use it in a meaningful way.
The teachers also sometimes finds it hard to find a film that suits the purpose of showing it.