'We live in a Christian world and it is impossible to keep religion out of politics.' If you feel challenged by these statements, this master programme is the ideal choice for you.
Religion not only manifests itself in traditional churches or in Christian rituals; crucial ideas such as human rights, liberty and democracy were stimulated and shaped by Christianity. Even the very concept of secularity stems from Christian theology.
In this Master's programme you will acquire knowledge of the pivotal role of religion in the Western world. You will combine cultural, historical and philosophical approaches to analyse this role. At the end of this one-year programme, you will know how to deal with tensions and opportunities concerning the presence of religion in the public domain.
The Master's programme in Religion and the Public Domain consists of three course units: * The Invention of the Secular * Theorizing Religion in the Public Domain * Christian Cultural Heritage
In addition, you will do an internship. You will finish this Master's programme by writing a thesis.
The programme is taught in English and is also offered on a full-time basis.
Degree: MA in Theology & Religious Studies
You can advise or write policy documents on different subjects, such as developmental assistance or the 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 placement in the Research Master. You can complete this two-year programme in one year.
- Education Once you have completed this Master's programme, you will have sufficient knowledge of the subject to be able to teach Religious Studies or Social Studies in secondary education. Alternatively, you could opt for a position in higher vocational education. As you also need didactic skills as a teacher or lecturer, it is advisable to do a Master's in Education after you have completed your regular Master's programme.
- Consulting & Policy Your knowledge about the position of religion in the public domain will enable you to advise upon or write policy documents on a number of different subjects ranging from multicultural society to the conservation of religious heritage. You could find a job with central government but also at organizations and foundations in the cultural sector. This could, for example, be the Museum Catharijneconvent in Utrecht or the Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken.
- Media & Journalism A number of publishers have shown renewed interest in religion and society. With your knowledge and skills, you can make an expert contribution to publications in this field. You could also use your expertise as an editor at a broadcasting company, newspaper or current affairs magazine.
Bachelor degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts, Philosophy or Social Sciences (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.