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Demons and Angels: East and West

This course explores the origin, historical development and meaning of the figures of demons, devil(s), Satan, and angels. Students will learn about different sources that influenced the formation of the idea of demons and angels, and their visual representation, primarily in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Developments in demonology and angelology are examined in connection to the process of imagining (and othering) of ethnic, racial, religious, or gender “others.” The course also explores the religious iconography of Satan, demons and angels as artistic and pop-cultural motifs, as well as into the meaning of numerical and visual symbols that are often associated with the figures of Satan and evil (most notably “666” as the “sign of the beast”). 

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Quick Facts

Length: 1 module (full-time), 7.5 ECTS credits

Study Pace: Full-time (100 %)

Type of Instruction: On-campus
Language of Instruction: English
Location: Campus Södertälje

Level: University - second cycle

Organizer: Stockholm School of Theology

To be eligible for the course, an applicant must either have a bachelor’s degree in theology/religious studies, comprising 180 ECTS credits, or a degree in related field (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen).

English language proficiency: the English proficiency requirement for academic studies at Sankt Ignatios is equivalent to the English 6 course in Swedish upper secondary school. Students from outside Sweden, or students who cannot verify proficiency in English, are required to take an internationally recognized test (e. g. TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent). More information about the required score on internationally recognized English tests can be found at English language requirements (www.universityadmissions.se); see section Meeting the English requirements with an English test.


Students at Stockholm School of Theology are not required to pay tuition fees if they are citizens of Sweden, of another EU country or if they have been granted permission to live in Sweden. The information about tuition fee for other international students is available on  https://ehs.se/tuition-fees.

Service Fees at Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola:Students are required to pay a service fee. The service fee for this program is SEK 1200 per semester.