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 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.