Christianity and Religious Diversity

Faculteit Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap
Jaar 2021/22
Vaknaam Christianity and Religious Diversity
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b
ECTS 7.5

Uitgebreide vaknaam Christianity and Religious Diversity
Leerdoelen Students who participate in this class should obtain knowledge of:
  • basic history of Christianity since the Reformation
  • understanding of the Christian response to modernity
  • history of secularization and religious pluralization since the 1960s
Students should develop:
  • Skills in interpreting texts and other primary sources.
  • Skills in presenting the results of such an interpretation both orally and in writing.
Omschrijving The aim of this course is to introduce students to the historical developments that have led to the current religious diversity of European society. The first half of the course will use historical methods to investigate Christianity from the Reformation through to the 1960s. The second half will use sociological methods to examine the pluralization and secularization of the religious landscape in Europe since the 1960s. In the research essay and the last meeting of the course, we will apply our understanding of religious pluralism to different case studies.
In this course, attention will be paid to relations between religious and secular beliefs and movements, the evolving role and status of Christian churches, the growth and settlement of non-Christian religious communities, and the spread and diversification of alternative movements and spiritualities, and to theories with regard to all these developments.
As part of this course, students will work alone or in groups to study and present their findings on a specific religious movement, such as they might encounter in contemporary European society.
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm lectures and seminars
(Classes will contain a combination of lecture, group discussion of secondary material and primary sources, as well as student presentations.)
Toetsvorm essay, presentation(s)
(Assessment will be based on short writing assignments, group written and oral presentations, and an essay.)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator Prof. Dr. T.H. Weir
Docent(en) Dr. J. Martínez-Ariño ,Prof. Dr. T.H. Weir
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Tijdig zal een lijst met te lezen artikelen bekendgemaakt worden/A list of articles will be made available before the module starts.
  • Workload student: lectures/tutorials (7 x 3 hours): 21 hours;
  • The evaluation of this module consists of two main parts: regular individual assignments (50%) and a final essay (50%). To pass this course, the weighted average of all three assessments needs to be a minimum of 5.5.
  • syllabus with additional information about the exam form, programme and reading list will be made available before the module starts.
  • Literature: A list of articles will be made available before the module starts.
  • In the event of emergency situations and force majeur, such as societal lockdown, changes may need to be made to class schedules and assessment. Your lecturer will inform you of these changes as soon as possible, should such a situation arise.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Exchange programme: bachelormodules 1 semester I b keuze
Minor Religie in de Moderne Wereld 3 semester I b keuzegroep