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Admission to the programme is applicable for applicants with a BA in related disciplines (history, religious studies, theology, archaeology, art history, etc.).
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Master in History of Religions
Thesis for Master in History of Religion:
Encounters: Common categories and concepts in Abrahamic religions
Conflict and negotiation: Selected topics
Methodology: Texts and History
|or possible semester abroad|
The historical study of religion: Multidisciplinary theoretical perspectives
Religious change, exchange and counterchange: A long-term historical perspective
Owning and sharing holy matter: texts, artefacts and places
|Semester||10 ECTS||10 ECTS||10 ECTS|
The programme is focused on the issues of religious cross-pollination, coexistence and conflict in three target areas: Europe, South-East Asia and the Middle East. Addressed in a long historical perspective stretching from Late Antiquity to the European Renaissance, the programme seeks to illuminate the roots of present peaceful coexistence and interchange, as well as of today's antagonisms and conflicts. The underlying idea of the programme is that, in order to fully grasp current religious conflicts and alliances, we need to understand how the perceptions of past and present are intertwined, reciprocally dependent and constantly reshaped.
Based on a multidisciplinary approach and applying various theoretical frameworks and interpretative methods, the core courses of the programme aim to reveal historical dynamics, privileging 'how' and tentatively 'why' over 'who' and 'when'.
The programme is conceived at the intersection between political history and history of religions, but relies also on other disciplines, such as the history of ideas, art history and archaeology. These are meant to provide the depth of field expected in Big History by illustrating and clarifying the macro-historical perspectives.
Description of Qualifications
|has advanced knowledge of the historical development of the main religious traditions and specialised insight in the role that religion played in the evolution of society|
|has thorough knowledge of the principal theories about religion and religious phenomena|
|can understand and interact with academic discourses in the field of the history of religions|
|can critically analyse and use the existing theories within the history and phenomenology of religions as well as their specific methods and interpretative patterns in both practical cases and theoretical debates|
|can apply knowledge to new areas within the history and phenomenology of religions, history proper or social sciences and address relevant challenges in society|
|can carry out independent scientific research on topics related to the history and phenomenology of religions|
|can analyse and address critically different types of empirical data and use it to structure and formulate theoretically valid arguments|
|can assess the historical background of current social issues related to religious beliefs and practices and propose valid and balanced frameworks for relating to them|
|can analyse within a valid methodological framework problems related to religious conflict|
|can apply his/her knowledge and skills in new areas of society in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects in connection with people’s religious beliefs|
|can communicate the results of scientific work in the history and phenomenology of religion and masters the specific terminology of these fields|
|can communicate about issues in the history and phenomenology of religion with the general public|
|can contribute to theoretical research and practical conflict-solving in the areas of the history and phenomenology of religion|
Teaching and learning are driven by a hands-on and case-oriented attitude and core courses are complemented by lectures and seminars of theory and method.
The programme coordinator is Victor Ghica, Professor of Antiquity and Early Christian Studies. The core courses of the programme will be taught by Kristin B. Aavitsland, Professor of Cultural History, Liv Ingeborg Lied, Professor of the Study of Religions, John Kaufman, Associate Professor of Church History, Iselin Frydenlund, Postdoctoral Researcher and historian of religions, as well as by Victor Ghica and several other specialists.
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