Within the department of Practical Theology the branch Religious Education covers  the following tasks and foci:

  • Research and study in the field of scientific reflection on religious education       
  • Enabling students to a theological-communicative competence and to a responsible participation in the social discourse
  • Professional training and training in media didactics for future teachers of religion and for students who would like to work in other fields of religious education (adult education, youth work)

How do people learn to believe? What do people believe today?

These and many other questions generate the common thread for our work as can be seen in the lectures and publications of our research staff.

Religious education and socialization are reflected and empirically researched on mainly in the fields of family, preschool, school, youth work and adult education. One survey was done with students in school on how they evaluate their religious education.

In a world where may religions and ideologies exist side by side intercultural learning has become a burning question: What are we able to know and what should we know about another religions? What are uniting or separating elements? How are children able to learn something about their own religion and other religions?

Another research area is psychology of religion: How does the belief in God develop in the life of human beings? How does e.g. the image of God alter? Who do we learn to believe from?

In the field of ecclesiastical community the catechesis of the sacraments are in the centre of reflection: How can children and their parents be guided to baptism, first communion and confirmation while making sure that these sacraments are considered as “holy signs”, as something that is of great importance for their life?

A special focus is put on training in didactics and the teaching practice for our future teachers of religion or other future religious educators: How can I successfully teach religion in the diverse types of school. What do I have to consider? What competences do I have to acquire as religious educator? How to plan a lesson or a longer lasting topic? How to motivate students for a topic? What are questions students have regarding their faith and what answers or further questions can be offered from theology?

Manifold teaching methods and forms of learning are taught at our institute. We train our students on how to guide successful processes of learning in religious education, ecclesiastical youth work and adult education.


  • News
    The new edition of the journal for practical philosophy is now online, with its finger on the pulse is also takes into account one topic that is shaping us like no other:the Corona pandemic. It is one of the two main focuses of the issue and its considerable scope not only reflects the importance of this topic, but also the real need to reflect philosophically and ethically on the diverse consequences of this pandemic.
    With the PLUS Talk, a new form of communication was introduced to the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg in 2020. Within the framework of this format members of the rectorate discuss certain key issues with employees of the PLUS, students and public representatives. The discussions take place LIVE and offer participants the opportunity to ask questions on current topics.
    On Wednesday 17th March 2021 PLUS is holding a virtual open day and warmly invites all interested pupils and final year classes offenen. Further information can be found under www.uni-salzburg.at/openday.
    After talks with the ministry and intensive consultation with the deans, the rectorate of the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg has decided that exams should generally only be conducted online at the moment. The following points apply here:
    There are numerous challenges in everyday elementary education, not only in Corona times. The art lies in dealing constructively with challenging situations. The fourth day of elementary education in Salzburg on 22nd January 2021, which will take place in digital form due to the pandemic-related measures, is dedicated to the topic of "Dealing with challenges in a solution-oriented way - competently and safely".
    Dialogue and Liberation in a Digital Future - Place and time: Paris Lodron University Salzburg; 14-16 October 2021 - Contact: markus.maier@stud.sbg.ac.at
    INTERDISCIPLINARY CONGRESS under the leadership of Reinhard Heinisch, Reinhard Klaushofer, Christoph Kühberger and Margit Reiter
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    10 am /Online-Matinee with lecture and discussion „Artes“ series with Robert Brennan and Wolf-Dietrich Löhr.
    As part of the series „MUSIC & MEDICINE“ the cooperation focus group science and culture is organising another online lecture on the 3rd February 2021.
    The Law Academy at the University of Salzburg is offering three online seminars in January 2021 on the topics of an update to competition law (antitrust law and UWG) on Friday, 15 January 2021, an update to company law on Friday, 22 January 2021 and an update to warranty law on Friday, 29th January 2021.
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