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Exchange Courses

Are you interested in religion and the way it influences society, culture and politics ? Do you want to learn more about this phenomenon, which affects the everyday lives of so many people around the world? Would you like to study abroad to experience a different way of life? If you answer is YES, then the University of Groningen Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies in the Netherlands is the place to be!

Religion and Culture
Religion and Culture

On this page you can find information about the courses you can choose from in our Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes.

In Groningen you are welcome to subscribe to the Bachelor’s exchange programme in Religion and Culture. This programme trains you to understand the cultural and social dynamics of religion and religious phenomena. Since the programme has a focus on contemporary events and case studies, you will learn to link academic theory to political and religious events as they unfold around you.

Tailor-made programme

The programme is tailor-made. You can choose from various courses which link to your educational background. If you have no background in religious studies, you can start with introductory course units. If you have already followed course units on religion or anthropology at your home university, you can follow specific thematic course units.

  • Religion in the Modern World Minor (30 ECTS) See Minor RMW [Sem 1]
  • Possibility to extend your stay abroad to a one-year or even two-year programme (60 / 120 ECTS)
  • Choose from a total of 20 course units to design your own programme (up to 120 ECTS in total)
  • All course units are taught in English
  • The programme is offered in Semester I (Sept – January) and Semester II (February – July).


Course units (Semesters 1 + 2)

Behind the course names you can find information about the course level, ECTS and course code.

Course levels:
BA1 = Bachelor 1
BA2 = Bachelor 2
BA3 = Bachelor 3
Minor = a coherent set of course units with a student workload of 15 ECTS, designed to be completed in one semester block.

Introductory course units

Semester 1a

  • Concepts and Methods 1: Study of Religion (BA1, 7.5 ECTS)(THB1-CM1)
  • Concepts and Methods 2: Researching Religion (BA2, 7.5 ECTS)(THB2-CM2)
  • Anthropology, an introduction (Minor, 7.5 ECTS)(THMIN-ANTH)

Focus on Anthropology

Semester 1a

  • Anthropology, an introduction (Minor, 7.5 ECTS)(THMIN-ANTH)
  • Anthropology of Muslim Societies (Minor, 7.5 ECTS)(THMINOR-C)

Semester 1b

  • Anthropology of Religion (BA1, 7.5 ECTS)(THB1-AR)
  • Law and Religion: Anthropological Approaches (BA3, 7.5 ECTS)(THB3-LRAA)

Religions in the Modern World

Semester 1a

  • Judaism: History, Sources and Praxis (BA1, 7.5 ECTS)(THB1-JHSP)

Semester 1b

  • Hinduism and Buddhism: History, Sources and Praxis (BA1, 7.5 ECTS)(THB12-HB)
  • Christianity and Religious Diversity (Minor, 7.5 ECTS)(THMIN-CRD)

Semester 2a

  • Christianity: History, Sources and Praxis (BA1, 7.5 ECTS)(THB1-CHSP)

Semester 2b

  • Islam: History, Sources and Praxis (BA1, 7.5 ECTS)(THB12-IHSP)

Religion, Society and Culture Themes

Semester 1a

  • Rituals In Theory and Practice (BA2, 7.5 ECTS)(THB2-RTP)
  • Spirituality and Secular Religion (BA3, 7,5 ECTS)(THB3-SASR)
  • Quranic Arabic 1 (BA3, 7,5 ECTS)(THB2-ARA1)

Semester 1b

  • The Sacred Image (BA2, 7.5 ECTS)(THB2-RVA)
  • The Text Awakens: Reading and Using Religious Texts (BA2, 7.5 ECTS)(THB2-TAW)
  • Religion, Space, and Place (BA3, 7.5 ECTS)(THB3-RSP)
  • Law and Religion: Anthropological Approaches (BA3, 7.5 ECTS)(THB3-LRAA)
  • Quranic Arabic 2 (BA3, 7,5 ECTS)(THB2-ARA2)

Semester 2a

  • Religion and Politics (BA2, 7.5 ECTS)(THB2-RP)
  • Religion, Media and Popular Culture (BA2, 7.5 ECTS)(THB2-RMPC)
  • Psychology and Sociology of Religion (BA1/2, 7.5 ECTS)(THB1-SSR)

Semester 2b

  • Religion and Philosophy (BA1, 7.5 ECTS)(THB1-PHILR)
  • Ethics and Secularity (BA2, 7.5 ECST)(THB2-PRES)
  • Religion, Diversity and Identity (BA2, 7.5 ECTS)(THB2-RDI)

Information on the required level of English for this exchange programme is available via Language requirements .

More details about these courses (entrance requirements, literature, learning outcomes, assessment, language of instruction, etc.) are available in the course catalog . The course details for the next academic year will be updated and available at the end of June.

Exchange courses in the Master’s programme of Theology and Religious Studies

Religion and Pluralism: Ancient & Modern

Semester 1a

  • Jews, Christians, and Others: Pluralism and Politics in the Greco-Roman World (10 ECTS)(THMJCOE10)
  • Texts of Terror (5 ECTS)(THMTTE5)

Semester 1b

  • Early Christian Trajectories: Inclusion and Exclusion. New Methods for the Study of Early Christian History (5 ECTS)(THMHRME5)
  • Muslims and non-Muslims: The Emergence of the Islamic State in Late Antiquity (5 ECTS)(THMMNME5)
  • Reception and Re-Use of Authoritative Texts (5 ECTS)(THMRRATE5)

Religion, Conflict and Globalization

Semester 1a

  • Religion, Conflict and Globalization: A Critical Introduction (10 ECTS)(THM-RCGI10)
  • Religion, Violence and Conflict Transformation (5 ECTS)(THM-RVCT5)
  • Religion, gender and sexuality (5 ECTS)(THM-RGS5)
  • Migration, culture and religious identity (5 ECTS)(THM-MCRI5)

Semester 1b

  • Social Scientific Research Methods (5 ECTS)(THM-SSRM5)
  • Forced Migration (5 ECTS)(THM-FM5)
  • Gender, Religion and Sexual Nationalism (5 ECTS)(THM-GRSN5)
  • Global Dynamics and Local Cosmologies: Studying Religious Change (5 ECTS)(THM-GDLC5)
  • Religion and the Politics of Human Rights (5 ECTS)(THM-RPHR5)

Religion and Cultural Heritage

Semester 1a

  • Introduction to Religious Heritage (5 ECTS)(THMIRHE5)
  • The Politics of Heritage: Identity and Memory (5 ECTS)(THMTPHE5)
  • Material Religion: Things, Places, Performances, and Belief (5 ECTS)(THMMRE5)
  • Theological Heritages in a (Post) Modern Context (5 ECTS)(THMTHPMCE5)
  • Mysticism and Science (5 ECTS)(THM-MSPEH)

Semester 1b

  • Research methods and skills in Heritage and Historical Studies (5 ECTS)(THMRMSE5)
  • Going Retro: Ancient and Medieval Modernities (5 ECTS)(THM-GR)
  • Heritage of death: the heritage of funerary practices and memorialization (5 ECTS)(THM-HOD)
  • Reception and Re-Use of Authority Texts (RPAM) (5 ECTS)(THMRRATE5)

Religion, Health and Wellbeing: Ethics & Diversity

Semester 1a

  • Investigating Religion, Health and Wellbeing (5 ECTS)(THM-RHW)
  • Religion, gender and sexuality (5 ECTS)(THM-RGS5)

Semester 1b

  • Conducting research on religion, health and wellbeing (5 ECTS)(THM-RMRHW)
  • Healing, Possession, Illness (5 ECTS)(THM-HPI)
  • End of life (5 ECTS)(THM-EOL)

Information on the required level of English for this exchange programme is available via Language requirements .

More details about these courses (entrance requirements, literature, learning outcomes, assessment, language of instruction, etc.) are available in the course catalog . The course details for the next academic year will be updated and available at the end of June.

Last modified:20 July 2018 10.06 a.m.