Using Media to Teach Religious Studies Reflections on Second-order Mediatisation of Religions

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Mirko Roth


In terms of media theories, teaching religious studies provides a second-order mediatisation of religious phenomena – a mediatisation of phenomena already mediatised by religious traditions. That tension needs to be reflected upon, as it raises a number of questions before we even reach the classroom. Furthermore, in class another tension comes to light, between teaching objectives and their limits. By formulating a hypothesis and problematising these tensions, this article develops a strategy based on the application of a concept of “competence acquisition”. How this strategy might look in a teaching scenario is demonstrated from an introductory seminar on Islam.

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ROTH, Mirko. Using Media to Teach Religious Studies. Journal for Religion, Film and Media (JRFM), [S.l.], v. 3, n. 2, p. 17-36, nov. 2017. ISSN 2414-0201. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 21 mar. 2018. doi:
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