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MA Religion, Conflict and Globalization

University of Groningen
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
On campus
Groningen
English
01 September 2022

About this program

MA Religion, Conflict and Globalization

How are religion, conflict and peace related? How does globalization affect local religious traditions? How do religious and secular actors interact in 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. Yet religion is also one of the main ways in which people connect with each other across the globe. Despite this social and political significance, NGOs, governments and journalists alike often have misguided understandings of religion& role in the modern world and the meaning that it holds for various peoples, relying on simplistic and outdated assumptions. This can contribute to disagreements, tensions and misunderstandings, with potentially serious consequences.

The Religion, Conflict and Globalization Master& 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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Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

Language test-An English language test for Dutch students is only required if you do not have a VWO-diploma. TOEFL: 90 internet IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 on each part). Exemption granted if:

  • You are a native speaker of, and have completed your full secondary level education in: the USA, Canada (only when taught in English), the UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand
  • You have completed a full-time Bachelor program (nominal duration of at least three years) in: the USA, Canada (only when English taught), the UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.

If English was the medium of instruction during your previous education, but you do not meet any of the above mentioned requirements, you are still required to provide proof of your English language proficiency.

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 pre-master's program.

International diploma

Language test-TOEFL: 90 internet IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 on each part). Exemption granted if:

  • You are a native speaker of, and have completed your full secondary level education in: the USA, Canada (only when taught in English), the UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.
  • You have completed a full-time Bachelor program (nominal duration of at least three years) in: the USA, Canada (only when English taught), the UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.

If English was the medium of instruction during your previous education, but you do not meet any of the above mentioned requirements, you are still required to provide proof of your English language proficiency.

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 pre-master's program.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year 1

  • Compulsory: Religion, Conflict and Globalization: a critical introduction
  • Elective: Gender, Diversity and Religious Heritage
  • Elective: Nature, Humanity, and Global Perspectives in Modern Spirituality and Esotericism
  • Elective: Religion, Gender and Sexuality
  • Elective: Religion,Violence and Conflict Transformation
  • Compulsory: Social Scientific Research Methods
  • Elective: Gender, Religion, and Sexual Nationalism
  • Elective: Migration, Culture and Religious Identity
  • Elective: National Socialism and Religion: Conflict and Heritage
  • Elective: Religion and Extremism
  • Placement
  • Thesis + Thesis Seminar

Scholarships & funding

Talent grants are available for non-EU/EEA students. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition

  • Tuition fees for EU/EEA Students: € 2,209 per year
  • Tuition fees for Non-EU/EEA Students: € 14,570 per year

Qualification

Credits-(60 ECTS)

Career paths

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 program.

  • 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 program 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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