Seminar : Methodology of the analysis of religious facts

lsrel2911  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Seminar : Methodology of the analysis of religious facts
6.00 credits
30.0 h

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2022-2023 !

Main themes
In order to achieve these methodological aims, the seminar work will focus among other on
- (a) the case study under its multiple forms (e.g. participant observation, interview),
- (b) the quantitative approach (e.g. questionnaires and tests), and
- (c) the hermeneutics of texts and content analysis (e.g. historical-critical method, structural analysis). Exercises will provide the opportunity to understand in a practical way the logic proper to each method (passive understanding of all three types of methods and ability to use at least one of them).
For a thematical point of view,
- each seminar will address a fresh research issue - the various theories devised to study the contemporary transformations of religion (such as secularization or post-modernity) will be taken up
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 - understand the different methodological approaches, qualitative as well as quantitative, required for the analysis of religious facts within the main disciplines of the sciences of religions
2 - identify the specific character of these approaches and their complementarity
3 - use at least one of these approaches, particularly in the preparation of the thesis required for the Master degree (see also "Other information")
4 - analyse a religious fact from interdisciplinary approaches
5 - grasp the contributions of the various disciplines and paradigms to the concrete analysis of a religious fact
6 - show the complexity of religious phenomena.
Teaching materials
  • La thématique étant différent chaque année, cf. la page Moodle du cours
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Master [120] in Sciences of Religions