Theology & Religious studies: Building Interreligious Relations

1 Jahre
bachelor degree
Application deadline: 1 May (1 April if you want to use the housing options of the VU)
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Globalization has brought about a pluralization of the religious sphere, bringing other ‘world’ religions, such as Islam and different Asian traditions, to the West. The religious other is no longer an abstract figure but is seen in all her concreteness as neighbor, colleague, friend, spouse, etc. 

To increase social cohesion in society as a whole and more specifically in schools, (socio-political) organizations and companies, we need experts with the knowledge and skills to build bridges between people from different (faith) traditions. The growth of religious and interreligious literacy is necessary to foster interreligious relations.

Through classes, reading assignments, visits to local communities, and an analysis of case studies, students will be prepared to effectively become interreligious bridge-builders in an increasingly multi-religious world. By the end of this multidisciplinary program that involves an internship and writing a master's thesis, they will have developed the knowledge and skills needed to work in a multi-religious context and bring about a positive transformation.

This master's program is attractive to any who work in multireligious settings who wish to build interreligious relations within their schools, work or community environments. 

Upon graduating, students will be qualified to enter the teacher training programme in Religion and Theological studies for secondary education at the Faculty of Psychology and Education at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

The programme
The programme of ‘Building Interreligious Relations’ consists of two core modules, named after the specialization; Building Interreligious Relations 1 and  Building Interreligious Relations 2. In these modules you will develop the knowledge and skills needed to work in a multi-religious context. Besides these two modules, you will take two compulsory modules: Hermeneutics and Research Skills. These will provide the theoretical basis for research in theology and religious studies. Further more, you can freely choose one module from the list of master courses in the first semester. You can choose specialization courses in Dogmatics, Biblical Studies, Church History, Practical Theology, Philosophy of Religion and Islamic Theology and courses from the other 3 specializations (Leadership, Media and Spiritual Care (Dutch)). Throughout the year you will take part in the ‘master seminar’. In the second semester you will do an internship and write your thesis.

In the module on hermeneutics you will be taught philosophical hermeneutics, which is one of pillars in the methodology of theology and religious studies. ‘Research Skills’ will deepen your understanding of methodology. In this course you will also be trained in the philosophy of science, argumentation, and you will write your thesis proposal. Directly after ‘Research Skills’ you will start writing your thesis and do your internship at the same time. This can be an internship in an societal organization or a school, for example. The ‘master seminar’ is an integral part of the whole master programme. During your internship and writing your thesis, you will be coached and supervised within the ‘master seminar’.

Career prospects
This programme is aimed the fields of education and religious diversity. It is hard to predict the career path of the graduates from this programme. Besides becoming a secondary school teacher, one can think of a career in multicultural or multireligious organisations and NGO’s with a focus on religion and religious diversity.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - Campus
De Boelelaan 1105 
1081 HV Amsterdam

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