This programme addresses the role of religion in the dynamics of globalisation. It combines different social scientific approaches. You will examine the political, social, psychological and cultural dimensions of present-day societies.
You will investigate the consequences of globalization for religious practices. You will examine how religion itself is a globalizing force. In this context, you will learn to understand the relationship between religion, conflict and peace building. You will analyse national and international conflicts, and learn how they are interwoven with religious interests and opinions.
You will also examine the possibility to use religion to create identities and meaning. In this context, you will focus on both migrants and 'stay-at-homes'. You will connect recent theories and research with current developments.
The one-year programme consists of three thematic courses: * Fundamentalism and Religious Violence * Global Dynamics and Local Religious Systems * Migration, Culture, and Religious Identity
You will do an internship and finish your Master's programme by writing a thesis.
Degree MA in Theology & Religious Studies
With your degree, you can advise or write policy documents on different subjects, such as, developmental assistance or multicultural society. You could work for the government, in business or at an NGO. You may also work in the media or as a teacher of religion in secondary education. Would you like to stay in academia, you can choose to apply for a place on the Research Master after your regular Master's programme. You can complete this two-year programme in one year.
- Consulting & Policy In a globalizing world, national and international conflicts are farreaching.There is a need for experts who can explain and help solve these conflicts. With your degree, you can advise or write policy documents on different subjects, such as developmental assistance or multicultural society. You could work for the government, in business or at an NGO. More specifically, this could mean working for the think-tank of a political party, for the Netherlands Institute for Social Research or for the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael.
- Media & Journalism Religion is in the news every day, often in a negative way, from terrorism to integration issues. With your expertise in the field of religion and conflict, you can intensify the debate in society and, where necessary, add some nuance to the picture. You can put your knowledge into practice as an editor at a publishing company, a broadcasting company, a newspaper or a current affairs magazine.
- Education You will have enough knowledge of the subject to teach Religious Studies and Philosophy or Social Studies in secondary education. You could also opt for a position in higher vocational education. As you also need didactic skills as a teacher, it is advisable to do a Master's in Education after you have completed your regular Master's programme.
Bachelor degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts, Philosophy or Social Science (e.g. Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology). Depending on your former study and courses a reading package will be provided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature. Students with another bachelor degree can be permitted via a bridging programme.