Within the area of "Religious Education and Media Didactics", the Catholic Theology Department conducts ongoing research on the visibility of religious cultures, religious practices of individuals and institutions online. One research focus is on religious communication, especially on social media platforms, f.e. Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Another research focus is on educational practices and teacher education with informal learning approaches.
For a clearly delineated research project within the GREP, individual conceptions with the applicant will be agreed upon. They depend on current research specifications of the institute and can be influenced by the personal and educational interests of the student researchers, as well as their professional, linguistic and geographical background. Examples for research projects: Creating Catholicism online from a female perspective, religious adoptions of internet phenomena, ritual practice in Instagram Stories, representation and individuality of RE teachers on Instagram, educational chats on Twitter as teacher training, reflections on imagery of institutional authority, interreligious dialogue in online platforms, Learning opportunities for RE on YouTube.
A thorough preparatory reading is required, as well as initial experience with methods of qualitative social research.
It will possible to complete the agreed project within 12 weeks. During this time, data collection, data preparation and data analysis will take place. The student researchers are accompanied in directed studies by the head of the institute, individually or in small groups. A supportive co-supervision within the department is offered. The research insights of the GREP projects are presented and discussed in the internal research colloquium and will be included in science communication. The data collected will be integrated into further research and a joint publication.