Ma Programme Religion and Cultural Heritage

Naam Ma Programme Religion and Cultural Heritage
Code THMRCH
Faculteit Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap
ECTS 120
Omschrijving • 'We live in a Christian world.'
• 'You can’t understand our culture and the way we live today without being conscious of our Christian heritage.'
• 'Religion is omnipresent in the public domain.'
• 'It is impossible to keep religion out of politics.'
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If you feel challenged by these statements, this master programme is the ideal choice for you.

Religion, in particular Christianity, is present everywhere in our cultural, Western world. At first sight, this might seem exaggerated – don’t we live in a secular age, with religion largely privatized? However, religion is not only manifest in traditional churches or in Christian rituals; crucial ideas such as human rights, liberty and democracy were stimulated and shaped by Christianity. Even the very concept of the secular stems from Christian theology. The analysis that we live in a secular world is too unsophisticated to do justice to the relevance of our Christian heritage.

Through a unique combination of cultural-historical and philosophical-conceptual approaches, this masters programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to analyse the pivotal role of religion in the Western world. You will become a highly employable specialist whose cultural competence is a valuable asset to a wide range of educational, scientific and political organisations.

General Objectives:
Students who have finished the master programme Religion and the Public Domain
- have developed a critical awareness of the intricacies of the relationships between religion and Western society and culture
- can analyse the role of religion in contemporary society and culture and trace the historical backgrounds to contemporary constellations
- more specifically, the aforementioned critical awareness and analytical abilities are manifest with respect to the following areas: (1) the intersections of religion, politics and the public domain, (2) contemporary manifestations of the Christian cultural heritage (visual and material culture), (3) the role of religion in the history of ideas, (4) the history of Christian spirituality.
- have acquired the ability to assess and formulate in a coherent and scholarly way arguments on the role of religion in contemporary Western society and its history.
- can present arguments on the role of religion in contemporary Western society and its history in oral and written form.
- have acquired the research skills and methodologies relevant to theorizing the role of religion in contemporary Western society and its history.
- have acquired the conceptual frameworks to analyse debates on the role of religion in contemporary Western society and its history.
Duur (in jaren)
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Nederlands

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