Bachelor's programme in Alevi Theological Studies

Bachelor (B)

Degree Program Code: UA 037 196

Duration: 6 semesters / 180 ECTS (60 ECTS of which via extension curricula)

Language: German

Admission to degree programme

Curriculum (in German)

Course of Studies (in German)

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As of the winter semester 2022/23, the individual bachelor's degree Alevi Theological Studies can be studied at the University of Vienna. The new bachelor's programme is an independent and fully-fledged course of study with the aim of scientifically systematising, reflecting on the Alevi religion and embedding it in the European context.

The study programme enables in-depth knowledge and an understanding of current issues with regard to the contextualisation of Alevism in its plurality in Europe. This also includes inter- and intra-religious, ideological, interdisciplinary and intra-societal dialogue. Graduates of the Alevi Theological Studies are offered perspectives in the professional fields of community, pastoral and social work as well as in schools and various cultural and educational institutions.

Learning outcomes and qualifications

Graduates of the bachelor's programme in Alevi Theological Studies at the University of Vienna acquire knowledge of the relevant methods of the core disciplines of Alevi theology. Among others, these include Alevi studies of sources and theopoetics (e.g. BuyrukDeyiș and Nefes), Alevi historical theology (e.g. development processes, historicisation of the Ocak institutions, traditions of reception of the Ehl-i Beyt and Ulu Ozanlar), Alevi practical theology (academic reflection of religious practice and liturgy accompanied by the Bağlama, etc.), the systematics of the Alevi religious doctrine from a contemporary and historical perspective (the conception of God according to Hak-Muhammed-Ali, the ethical basis of Edep-Erkân, etc.) and Alevi religious education.

Furthermore, students acquire fundamental philological and academic competences that enable them to deal with primary sources, terminology, artefacts, rituals and further media in a reflective, independent, self-critical and differentiated manner. For this reason, the specialisation aims at a transdisciplinary orientation that uses interfaces with related disciplines such as history, anthropology, sociology, the study of religions, Islamic studies or linguistics to develop synergies.

Additionally, students gain in-depth knowledge and an understanding of current issues with regard to the contextualisation of Alevism in its plurality in Europe. In particular, the different approaches of Alevi theology and the academic points of view regarding Alevism that relate to the lives of Alevis as citizens of democratic societies are discussed.

This includes inter- and intrareligious, ideological, interdisciplinary and inter-societal dialogue. Students also acquire basic knowledge of Alevi pastoral care and community work in the context of pluralistic European societies.

Admission to degree programme

The application form for admission can be requested from

Contact: Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Handan Aksünger-Kizil

Introductory and orientation period (STEOP)

The aim of the Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP) is to give you an insight into your studies and enable you to assess whether the course contents are in line with your personal expectations of the programme, and whether you can meet the requirements for the degree programme.

Only after passing all STEOP exams, you can take further exams. The exam dates are scheduled in such a way that you can continue your studies in the subsequent semester, as soon as you have successfully completed the STEOP.

It is possible to retake examinations three times. If a student does not pass the last retake of an examination, they will be excluded from this degree programme and all degree programmes in which this examination is compulsory. If the examination is a STEOP examination, the student can be readmitted to the relevant degree programme for the third semester after the cancellation of the admission.