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Religion, Conflict and Globalisation


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Master Religion, Conflict and Globalisation at the University of Groningen

 

 

How are religion, conflict and peace related? How does globalization affect local religious traditions? How do religious and secular actors interact in local and global debates on migration and gender?
 

Within the modern world, it is clear that religion has a major role in many conflicts occurring at multiple levels and locations. Religion has also become one of the main ways in which people connect with each other around the globe. However, the role of religion in contemporary societies is not well understood in academic research, nor in the work of those responsible for policy and action. NGO’s, governments and journalists alike have misguided understandings of religion’s role in the modern world and the meaning that it holds for various peoples.
 

The Religion, Conflict and Globalization Master’s track aims to address the pivotal place of religion within the dynamics of a globalized world, and how this relates to conflicts that shape modern societies. The course is interdisciplinary, wide-ranging, and broad; including political, social, psychological, cultural and legal dimensions.


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The MA programme Religion, Conflict and Globalization consists of a compulsory introductory course (10 ECTS), a compulsory course unit on Research Methods (5 ECTS), three electives (15 ECTS) and a thesis (20 ECTS). 10 ECTS are reserved for a practical placement.
 

All students take the introductory course, which lays out the dominant theoretical approaches used when considering and studying religion within this setting. Disciplinary approaches include those from anthropology, sociology, political philosophy and theory, and international relations theories. One of the main stresses within the course is expounding the significance of 'culture', 'society', 'politics', and 'power'. These are presented both as contested concepts, but also as factors that affect relationships.
 

The second compulsory course is 'Social Scientific Research Methods', where students are introduced to and develop the necessary research skills for completing a research project- such as the thesis.
 

Additionally, you choose three out of six course units: 'Religion, Violence and Conflict Transformation', 'Migration, Culture and Religious Identity', 'Religion, Gender and Sexuality', 'Global Dynamics and Local Cosmologies: Studying Religious Change', 'Gender, Religion and Sexual Nationalism', 'Forced Migration'.
 

The programme consists of two compulsory courses and three electives. Through these electives, you can choose to focus on topics related to either Conflict and Peacebuilding, Migration, or Gender. It is possible to follow some course units from the track Religion and Pluralism, Ancient & Modern.
 

Study abroad is optional


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Job prospects

Following completion of this degree, you will be able to advise or write policy documents on different subjects - including developmental assistance, or multicultural society. Job tracts include working for a government, in business, or at an NGO. Other options include media, or indeed education. Those who wish to pursue an academic career can follow this track as part of the 2-year Research Master's programme.

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  •     Consulting & Policy

 

    In a globalized world, there is a need for experts who can help explain and solve conflicts that are further-reaching than ever before. More specifically, this could mean working for the think-tank of a political party, for a body such as the Netherlands Institute for Social Research, or indeed the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael.

  •     Media & Journalism

    The media often mis-portray religion, whether it is to do with terrorism or integration issues. Graduates of this programme will be able to add some much-needed nuance to the picture, whether at a publishing company, broadcasting, or a newspaper/news magazine.

  •     Education

    Upon completing the degree, you will have enough knowledge to teach in Religious Studies, Philosophy, Social Studies and others - in secondary education. You could also opt for a position in higher vocational education. As didactic skills are required for teaching, it is advisable doing a Master's in Education, once having completed this course.


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grade list
 

A grade list of the marks of your bachelor's degree programme with an explanation of the followed courses.
language test 

TOEFL: 580 paper/237 computer/92 internet; IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 on each part) (not for native speakers)


previous education 

Bachelor's degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts (e.g. International Organizations, Middle Eastern Studies, Philosophy), Political Sciences or Social Sciences (e.g. Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology). Depending on your former study and courses a reading package will be provided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature. Students with another bachelor's degree may be admitted via a bridging programme.
written request 

A letter of motivation to the admissions board, outlining your interest in the programme, including your motivation and expectations (max. 1 page), accompanied with a writing sample of an academic paper, preferably your Bachelor's (or Master's) Thesis.


other admission requirements 

If you are a bachelor's student and if you are planning to enroll in the master's track in Religion, Conflict and Globalization in the academic year 2020-2021, then you are allowed to have 15 ECTS of your bachelor's degree programme left for a conditional admission.

 

Application deadlines
EU/EEA students 01 May 2021 
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2021


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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Groningen

Field of study

Humanities

Degree

Master of Arts in Theology & Religious Studies

Language

English

Start

winter semester

Application deadline

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Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 12 months

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 14300 EUR / year

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Groningen

Field of study

Humanities

Degree

Master of Arts in Theology & Religious Studies

Language

English

Start

winter semester

Application deadline

ask the institution

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 12 months

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 14300 EUR / year

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