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Teaching in law of religions

The teaching of the law of religions in Switzerland covers two aspects: the study of ecclesiastical law focusing on regulations and the organisation of religious confessions (canon law for the (...)

The teaching of the law of religions in Switzerland covers two aspects: the study of ecclesiastical law focusing on regulations and the organisation of religious confessions (canon law for the Catholic churches) and the study of constitutional law governing relations between religious communities and the state (law of religions). In this regard, we may note that, since its founding in 1848, the federal state is responsible for ensuring the fundamental rights of religions, such as freedom of religion, while the cantons are those competent to regulate the legal status of religious communities.

The Faculty of Law in Fribourg possesses a chair in general theory of law, history of law, canon law and ecclesiastical law. Courses in law of religions and canon law are offered to students following a Bachelor’s or Master’s in law. The mention “law of religions” may be appended to them.

The Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva also offers courses in canon law in the Bachelor’s and Master’s courses in law. At the University of Lucerne, it is within the Faculty of Theology that courses in canon law are offered.

D 28 March 2013    AEmmanuelle Buchard

Teaching in sociology of religions

Courses in sociology of religions are, depending on the university, delivered in the faculties of theology, arts or social sciences.
The Faculty of Theology and Science of Religions at the (...)

Courses in sociology of religions are, depending on the university, delivered in the faculties of theology, arts or social sciences.

The Faculty of Theology and Science of Religions at the University of Lausanne offers a Bachelor’s in Religious Studies and two Master’s in Sociology of Religions: religious plurality in modern societies (quantitative and qualitative approaches) and social sciences of migrations: diaspora and migrations. Five other Master’s addressing the subject of religion are also offered: psychology of religion, multidisciplinary approaches to Judaism, history and anthropology of Christianities, transverse and marginalised religious traditions, religious traditions in India and the comparative history of religions.

The University of Fribourg also places emphasis on the sociological approach to the study of religions. The Faculty of Arts offers a B.A. in Religious Studies and an M.A. in “pluralist societies: cultures, policies and religions”.

The universities of Geneva, Lucerne and Zurich also offer courses in sociology of religions in their Bachelor’s and Master’s in history or studies of religions.

D 28 March 2013    AEmmanuelle Buchard

Research in law of religion

The Faculty of Law of the University of Fribourg has a law institute of religion. Studies in public law of religions are conducted internally. This research is concerned with the law of religion (...)

The Faculty of Law of the University of Fribourg has a law institute of religion. Studies in public law of religions are conducted internally. This research is concerned with the law of religion point of view and interreligious.

D 28 March 2013    AEmmanuelle Buchard

Research into sociology of religions

The Institute of Social Sciences and Contemporary Religions (ISSRC) of the University of Lausanne is an academic, non-denominational, interdisciplinary and pluri-methodological institute. Study (...)

The Institute of Social Sciences and Contemporary Religions (ISSRC) of the University of Lausanne is an academic, non-denominational, interdisciplinary and pluri-methodological institute. Study and research of religious phenomena focuses on three main areas: the psychology of religion, the social sciences of migrations and sociology of religions.

The Group of Researchers on Islam in Switzerland (GRIS) works on sociological studies aimed at a better understanding of Muslim life in Switzerland. The researchers are trying to create - through knowledge gained on the ground - links between Muslims and civil society.

The Swiss Institute of Pastoral Sociology (SPI) in St. Gallen conducts several research projects into the religious dimensions of citizens in our contemporary societies. It also focuses on the study of the influence and role of Christian and non-Christian religious communities in the Swiss context.

The Research Committee on Religion and Society (RES) is working to promote research on religions in Switzerland from a sociological perspective. It organises seminars, workshops and conferences related to this field of study.

D 28 March 2013    AEmmanuelle Buchard

Publications

A large amount of research in sociology and religious studies are supported by the Swiss National Research Fund. Their website publishes the results of several national research programmes (...)

A large amount of research in sociology and religious studies are supported by the Swiss National Research Fund. Their website publishes the results of several national research programmes focused on the religious phenomenon in Switzerland (NRP 58, Religions, the State and Society).

Many results of studies in sociology of religions are also published in the Swiss Journal of Sociology.

In the field of law, one review, published in the German Freiburger Veröffentlichungen zum Religionsrecht, brings together scientific treaties on the law of Christian and non-Christian churches, as well as on law governing relations between state and church.

D 28 March 2013    AEmmanuelle Buchard

Information

La Société suisse pour la science des religions (SSSR). Provides information on recent publications on the science of religions from members (individual or collective).
L’institut du droit des (...)

La Société suisse pour la science des religions (SSSR).
Provides information on recent publications on the science of religions from members (individual or collective).

L’institut du droit des religions.
Provides documentation on the Law of religions cantonal and federal as well as information on recent case law on these issues in the Swiss context.

Religioscope.
Offers information about religious events in Switzerland and in the wider world.

Le Centre intercantonal d’information sur les croyances (CIC).
Public information service on current religious groups in Switzerland, new spiritualities and religions emerging.

D 28 March 2013    AEmmanuelle Buchard

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