Bachelor's Programme Catholic Religious Education

Curriculum (2021W)

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Duration/ ECTS-Credits
6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits

Mode of Study


Admission Requirements 
Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent and Language Certificates

Faculty of Catholic Theology

Qualification Level
Bachelor (First Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 6, EQF/NQF: Level 6

0114 Teacher Training with Subject Specialisation

Study Code
C 033 193

The curriculum is the basis of a degree programme. A look at the curriculum for the Bachelor Catholic Religious Education gives you a detailed overview of the structure, content, examination regulations and qualification profile of this Bachelor's degree.

The curriculum can clarify several important questions before you start your studies. For example, which criteria must be fulfilled for enrolment in the Bachelor Catholic Religious Education, how long the programme lasts, which modules must be completed and much more.

The 2021W curriculum is currently valid for the Bachelor's programme Catholic Religious Education.

Information on the Curriculum (2021W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
available at:
Section: Current Curriculum version.

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

(1) Within the scope of the Studies and Orientation Stage, which takes place in the first semester, 14 the following course examinations must be passed:
1. VO Introduction to the Faith of the Church (CM 1 lit. a, 2 hrs., 3 ECTS-Credits),
2. VO General Sacramental Theology (CM 1 lit. c, 1 h., 2.5 ECTS-Credits),
3. VO Critical Thinking (CM 2 lit. a, 1 h., 1.5 ECTS-Credits),
4. VO Teaching and Learning (CM 18 lit. b, 2 hrs., 3 ECTS-Credits).

(2) Successful passing of all exams of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage entitles to passing all further courses and examinations as well as to writing the Bachelor’s Thesis.

(3) Before successful completion of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage courses amounting to 20 ECTS-Credits may be passed. The requirements specified in the curriculum must be met.

General Information

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 6 semesters or 180 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

  7.5 ECTS-Credits: CM Theological Thinking and Working
  1.5 ECTS-Credits: VO Critical Thinking
  2.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Philosophy of Language and Epistemology
  4.5 ECTS-Credits: VU Overview of Metaphysics and Philosophical Doctrine of God
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: CM Fundamentals of the Bible, Judaism and Islam
  3.0 ECTS-Credits: VO VO Teaching and Learning
  3.0 ECTS-Credits: VO VO Catechetics and Religious Education: Kairology

  1.5 ECTS-Credits: PS Historical-Theological Working
  3.0 ECTS-Credits: VO Overview of the History of Philosophy
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Ethics and Contemporary Philosophy
  4.5 ECTS-Credits: VO Overview of Church History and Patrology
  3.5 ECTS-Credits: VO Liturgical Studies: Introduction to the Liturgy
  3.5 ECTS-Credits: VO Canon Law: Introduction
  3.0 ECTS-Credits: PS Basic Competences: Individual Support
  3.0 ECTS-Credits: VO Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Youth
  3.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Empirical Research in Educational Contexts

  4.0 ECTS-Credits: VO Foundation of Exegesis of the Old Testament: Torah and History Books
  4.0 ECTS-Credits: VO Foundation of Exegesis of the New Testament: Gospels and Acts of the Apostles
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: CM Foundations of Systematic Theology
  3.0 ECTS-Credits: VO Ecumenical Theology: One Church and Many Churches
  3.0 ECTS-Credits: VO Social Teaching of the Church
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: VO Pastoral Theology
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Skills

  3.5 ECTS-Credits: VO Foundation of Exegesis of the Old Testament: Prophets and Writings
  3.5 ECTS-Credits: VO Foundation of Exegesis of the New Testament: Letters and the Revelation of John
  3.0 ECTS-Credits: VO Catechetics and Religious Education: Criteriology
12.5 ECTS-Credits: CM Religious Education
  2.0 ECTS-Credits: PS Implicit and Explicit Concepts for Religious Education in Primary Schools
  2.0 ECTS-Credits: PS Philosophising and Theologising with Children
  2.0 ECTS-Credits: PR Basic Practice in Non-School Practice Locations

  2.0 ECTS-Credits: VO Legal Foundations of Education, Counselling and Pastoral Care
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: CM Teaching and Learning in Contexts of Plurality
  3.5 ECTS-Credits: VU Religious Education for Primary Schools
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Didactics for Primary Schools
  2.0 ECTS-Credits: PR Training Practice School Teaching and Learning Settings
  3.0 ECTS-Credits: PR Advanced Practice in Non-School Practice Locations
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Skills

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Moral Theology
  3.0 ECTS-Credits: PR AdvancedPractice in School Teaching and Learning Settings
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Exemplary Examination of a Topic
10.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Bachelor’s Thesis
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Skills

Studienverlauf BA Katholische Religionspädagogik_en

Course Sequence
ECTS-Anrechnungspunkte (Arbeitsbelastung)

​ Supplementary Programme ​

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading scheme Definition %-age
1EXCELLENT: Outstanding performance = 100%
2GOOD: Generally good, but with some errors
3SATISFACTORY: Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
4SUFFICIENT: Performance meets the minimum criteria
5INSUFFICIENT: Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

to be updated

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Location Universitätsstraße 15

Associate Dean of Studies
Mag. Dr. Maria Anna Juen

Dean of Studies
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Liborius Olaf Lumma

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