Katholisch-Theologische Fakultät

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Catholic Theological Faculty

Students studying theology at the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Augsburg may choose from the following courses of study: Graduation course, licenciate course, Teacher Training College for students qualifying to teach in one of the German school types of elementary and secondary education, Master’s Degree (Minor). Students may also acquire a doctorate or habilitate themselves.

At this Faculty the following Chairs or professorships exist: Science of the Old Testament, New Testament Exegesis, Dogmatics, Fundamental Theology, Church History, Moral Theology, Christian Social Ethics, Church Law, Pastoral Theology, Philosophy, Liturgical Science, Didactics of Catholic Religion Classes/Religion Pedagogics. A professorship “Theology of the spiritual life” is being established at present, which is unique within Germany. Likewise unusual is the interdisciplinary study course “Environmental Ethics” which has been drafted with the active participation of the faculty. The faculty is part of the “University Centre for Didactic Research and Teaching” as well of the ”Competence Centre for Cultural and Educational Science”.

The faculty is understood to be the successor of the University of Dillingen, which was founded in 1549 by the Bishop of Augsburg, Kardinal Otto Truchsess von Waldburg. After the secularisation King Ludwig I established a Philosophical-Theological University at the old University which served as training college for the priests of Augsburg. In 1969 the Bishop of that time, Dr. Joseph Stimpfle, agreed to closing down the University of Dillingen and to arranging for future priests to be trained and educated an the Catholic-Theological Faculty at the University of Augsburg.


Chair for Religion Pedagogy in Catholic Religion Classes

This Chair comprises two separate Chairs, i.e.: The scientifically-oriented area of religion pedagogy and the didactical-practical area of catholic religion teaching.

Apart from its scientific work and promoting the young, the Chair is responsible for:

  • Religion-pedagogical training/education of students pursuing graduation courses or attending Teacher Training College
  •  Religion-didactical training/education as an element of Teacher Training College for students qualifying to teach in one of the German school types of elementary and secondary education
  • Didactics for elementary and secondary education (Grund- und Hauptschule)
  • Courses in the field of catholic theology within the framework of educational sciences
  • Taking care and attending to practical stages in catholic religion teaching

The Chair pursues the following research projects:

  • Didactics for specific school types
  • Developing and didactical contextualisation of a new school bible
  • Interdisciplinary field of research of theology and literature, and included therein, religion didactics and literature didactics