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Religious Studies

Who can join?

High school students with an interest in history, sociology, psychology, philosophy, politics and cultural anthropology, who wish to know more about other cultures and the impact of various religions on society and people.

This webclass is only given in Eglish. Assignments can be handed in in Dutch.

A webclass about Religious Studies

Religion is an omnipresent everyday phenomenon in practically all cultures. Of the seven billion people on earth, six billion call themselves religious and worldwide, there are no fewer than 10,000 religious denominations! Religion does not occur in isolation; it affects people’s daily behaviour economically, politically, psychologically and socially. Religious Studies investigates religion as a phenomenon. The central question we ask ourselves is not to what extent religions are ‘true’, but how religion affects people’s lives and what people do with it. The webclass Religious Studies gives you a taste of what it entails to study Religious Studies at the university of Groningen. The webclass is divided into four weeks. Every week, we’ll investigate religion in a different context, for example the relationship between Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding. You’ll learn to critically reflect on the relationship between religion and culture, analyse challenging texts and take a stance!

Religious studies
Religious studies

Workload and grading

If you want to earn 10 credithours, you’ll have to hand in the assignments and finish the final assignment in the fourth week. Please keep in mind that you’ll have to spend approximately three hours a week on preparation and online classes. You’ll get a certificate at the end of the webclass. If you would like to use this webclass for credits at your own school, you will have to discuss this with your school yourself. For example, you could ask one of your teachers to join the webclass as well, so he or she can evaluate if the webclass’s contents are sufficient for receiving credits.

Studying Religious Studies

This webclass gives you a good impression of the contents of Religious Studies . You’ll learn to critically look at the terms that you’re using, and you’ll investigate the relationship between religion and culture from different angles of incidence.


Enrolment for the next web class opens on February 1, 2018. These web classes will be from 5 March until 2 April 2018.

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Laatst gewijzigd:17 januari 2018 15:00