Religion and Pluralism, Ancient & Modern

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

How did the Romans view religious-political differences? How did ancient Jewish, Christian, and Muslim authorities use authoritative texts? What potential for pluralism exists in modern monotheisms and secularisms?

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locatieGroningen
diplomaMA
typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
accreditatiesNVAO
croho-code60824
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track

Tension between group solidarity and productive relations with 'others' has been part of human history for as long as evidence exists. In Europe, it has played out most enduringly in relations among the monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Today, in the face of mass migration from Muslim regions, questions of political identity and belonging remain bound up with religious affiliation. This one-year degree programme focuses on relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims in the antique world and how these relations have formed our modern society. We will explore concepts as religious pluralism, politics, and their many interfaces globally in particular.

Waarom aan de University of Groningen?

  • integrated approach of religious pluralism, politics, and their many global interfaces
  • focus on historical context of modern societies
  • taught by internationally recognized experts in the field
  • opportunity to pursue your own research interests
  • expertise on various religions, taught at non-denominational university
  • best MA programme in Theology and Religious Studies in the Netherlands.

Studieprogramma

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opbouwYou can also follow this track within the two-year Research Master's programme in Theology and Religious Studies. See: http://www.rug.nl/masters/theology-religious-studies-research/
The programme consists of one key module on Jews, Christians, and Others: Pluralism and Politics in the Greco-Roman World (10 ECTS), Research Methods (5 ECTS), three electives (5 ECTS each), a thesis (20 ECTS), and a placement (10 ECTS).
periode
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Jews, Christians, and Others: Pluralism and Politics in the Greco-Roman World
10 EC
Texts of Terror
5 EC
Convivencia and Religious Disputes
5 EC
Historical Methods in Early Christianity
5 EC
Reception and Re-Use of Authoritative Texts
5 EC
Master's Thesis + thesis seminar afstuderen
20 EC
Internship stage
10 EC

Onderwijs

taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet70% zelfstudie
20% theorie
10% praktijk
avondonderwijsn.v.t.
afstandsonderwijsn.v.t.
onderwijsvormen
group discussion, lecture, individual assignment, literature study, oral presentation, research, research proposal, seminar, internship, tutorial, self study
study abroad
We have various exchange contracts with universities both inside and outside Europe, enabling students to follow part of their degree programme at a foreign university. Another option is to take an internship or to do part of the research work abroad. For an overview of our exchange partners, see: http://www.rug.nl/ggw/education/prosstud/exchangeprogrammes/partneruniversities
study guidance
Master's students are expected to show a large degree of independence. If necessary you can make use of various forms of study supervision and study support. For example, you can contact a mentor or your study advisor. While writing your thesis, you will receive personal supervision from one of the lecturers.
Immediately after arrival, students who gained their Bachelor's degree at a different faculty or university as well as international students will be allocated a mentor who will help them get to know the Faculty. You can also go to the study advisor if you have doubts about your abilities or for whatever reason run the risk of study delay. You will receive intensive supervision while writing your thesis. The Master's programme includes a thesis seminar, where attention is paid to how to tackle writing a Master's thesis, and where the progress of the process is monitored closely. You will also receive structural supervision from the lecturer who is the specialist in the field of your thesis.

honours-/excellence program Master's Honours Programme

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies. The programme of 15 ECTS is followed in addition to your regular Master's programme.

It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.The theme of leadership is explored from various angles in the Masterclasses. Leadership skills are the focus in the Leadership Labs and Workshops. The Master's Honours Programme concludes with a Master Work – a project of your choosing that you design and implement.

Toelating en kosten

startmomenten

1 september 2021

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2021
collegegeld nog niet bekend

Students with a Dutch bachelor's degree send all the documentation by mail to onderwijs.ggw@rug.nl.



toelatingseisen

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

taaltoets
Sufficient proficiency in English is required. Minimum requirements: TOEFL 580 paper/237 computer/92 internet or IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 on each part). Native speakers of the English language, as well as Dutch applicants with a VWO certificate, are exempt from this requirement.

vooropleiding
Bachelor's degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts, Philosophy or Social Science (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.

resumee

motivatiebrief
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.

studie kosten
bron: University of Groningen
bedrag kostenpost
€ 12000levensonderhoudper jaar
€ 740studiematerialenper jaar
€ 400visa/permitper jaar
inbegrepen in collegegeld
registration fee
examination

estimated monthly costs

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bedragkostenpost
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
22internet+tv
152boodschappen/kostgeld
32telefoon
117verzekeringen
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
29drinken/snoep/snacks
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
30contributies/abonnementen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart
45overig

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven

studentaantallen

51 studenten volgen deze opleiding
71% daarvan is vrouw
4 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
75% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de University of Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

studievereniging

Gerardus van der Leeuw
Gerardus van der Leeuw is the faculty community of Theology and Religious Studies of the University of Groningen.
The community exists since April 2003 and is named after Gerardus van der Leeuw the first theologian who introduced religious studies to the UG

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
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aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Arturo Diaz Guttierez Barriga - Mexico
One of my interests in religions is how they help in the formation of identities

I chose the program at the University of Groningen for two reasons: The historical and social approach that the program has (other universities have a more theological approach), and the opportunity of studying the three monotheistic religions (other programs are focused on Christianity or Islam). Also, I like the courses on texts studies.

My master’s thesis is about the split between Jews and Samaritans. Both religious communities share several beliefs, texts, practices, origins, and yet they are not the same...
For my internship, I will work at a historical research agency concentrating on museum design and exhibitions. They are currently working on the exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Groningen, and I will help with research. I will be a comparative study on several Jewish museums based in synagogues and how the religious aspect of the building might influence its use for cultural activities.I did my bachelor's in History at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico City, and besides the cultural shock and the evident differences regarding the weather, living in Groningen has been a marvelous experience. The international environment in such a small city and its student essence makes studying at Groningen a great experience.After graduation, I would like to do research and teach at a university. The field of Religious Studies in Mexico is far from being developed and accepted at the universities. I want to help this to change. Also, as a former worker at a Research and Documentary Center of the Jewish Community, which also organizes cultural events, I want to collaborate on the planning of courses and activities for promoting an inter-religious society.


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Sara Vaz Velho de Noronha Penaguião - Portugal
I wanted to study the social aspects of religion

Previously, I studied Anthropology at the University of Lisbon (ISCSP) in Portugal and so I had come across pluralism before. Added to this, I knew that I wanted to study the social aspects of religion and find a course that looked at pluralism in history and debated it with reference to contemporary issues.

I have particularly enjoyed this mixture of historical and contemporary debate in the course...
My thesis involves research with young people in the Groningen Feminist Network and the academic research tools taught at the University of Groningen have been very instructive to my research. Our studies have included looking at both gender and sexuality, which are topics that both feed into my thesis and are large parts of many current debates- the small size of classes and quality of the lecturers have also really contributed to my experience.I hadn’t previously been to Groningen, and have been really happily surprised by the young spirit of the city. It’s the perfect combination of a small city where everything can be reached by foot or on bike whilst at the same time being full of life with a lot to explore. Overall, my experience has been extremely positive; both academically and for meeting people from lots of different countries and backgrounds. In the future I hope to work in education, and the MA here at the UG is setting me up well for this.


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Addy van der Woerd - NL
Unique perspective on historical-political issues and social inequality

I chose the Master's degree programme in Religion and Pluralism, Ancient and Modern because I saw it as a logical continuation of my Bachelor's programme in Theology in this Faculty, and the Philosophy of a specific discipline (Theology) in the Faculty of Philosophy. I was particularly excited by the part-historical, part-philosophical approach to substantive concepts such as 'religion'.Every course unit has a specific focus (historical, conceptual, thematic) and at least half your mark is based on a final essay...
Writing essays helps you to develop your organizational skills and discipline. If you know that planning isn’t your strongest point, don’t be afraid to say so. A bit of help from other people can go a long way!It’s fascinating to merge various approaches and fields of interest in my Master’s thesis. That’s why I combined early Islam with my interest in philosophy and hermeneutics, and ended with the ninth-century Arabic scholar Al-Kindi. He was the one who introduced Aristotelian concepts into Islamic ideology.The Master’s programme helps you develop a critical attitude and analytical skills. This gives you a unique perspective when it comes to historical-political issues and social inequality. If I can combine this with my placement field (a television company), I might soon find a job making documentaries. But I also have ambitions in politics, journalism and teaching.


lees verder ...
Prof. Steve Mason
Exploring the possibilities of tolerance

Religious pluralism has never been a more timely theme. Religious interactions, especially among Christians, Jews, and Muslims have taken a central place in western societies. Pluralism is not merely plurality or variety, which is inevitable, but implies some sort of rationale or intention to accommodate plurality and toleration, if not actual acceptance of the Other...
An important dimension is the study of ancient social-political discourse, and the tolerance (or not) of Jews and Christians in the Graeco-Roman world.I am a historian of the eastern Mediterranean under Hellenistic and Roman rule. My latest books are about inter-ethnic conflict (2016) and the categories of ancient social-political discourse or the mapping of ancient peoples (2017).I teach the core seminar on Jews, Christians and Others: Pluralism and Politics in the Graeco-Roman World. This is an in-depth investigation of ancient social-political categories (e.g., ethnos, ancestral traditions, laws and customs, polis, sacrificial cults, philosophical schools, and voluntary associations), in which we consider the possibilities of tolerance, protectiveness, fear of others, expulsion of foreigners, and attraction to foreign ways. The course examines the general scene and also the place of Jewish-Judaean minority populations and Christian associations in that framework. You will have the opportunity to reflect in a sustained way on factors influencing community stances toward others, from a wide variety of angles. The alienness of the ancient world along with its importance for our traditions make it an ideal canvas for exploring the possibilities of human existence. Students who complete this programme will have a solid grounding in ancient religious pluralism as a foundation and reference point for addressing related modern phenomena.Central questions include these. What limits did the Hellenistic kingdoms and Roman Empire impose on diversity? What sorts of considerations led people to undertake the rigours of migration and resettlement in the ancient Mediterranean? What levels and kinds of cross-cultural interaction (in business, trade, cultural events) occurred in normal times? What happened practically in times of severe crisis? Who was in charge? What was the relationship between political rhetoric and lived reality concerning minority communities?


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Keuzehulp

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studiefaciliteiten4.13.8
studielast3.63.5
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Na de studie

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If you want to become a teacher of religion in secondary education you can additionally follow the Educational Master's programme.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

As a graduate you can become an adviser and policymaker on interreligious issues and multicultural society. You may work in cultural organisations and companies in the public sector. In addition, you can work in the media. You can become a teacher of religion or philosophy. If you want to pursue an academic career, you can follow this track as a specialization within the Research Master's programme.

Check where our alumni end up after graduating on our alumni page.



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Potentiële beroepen

advies & beleid

You are able to provide well-founded advice on interreligious issues and multicultural society. You can use this expertise in an advisory position at cultural organizations, in companies or in the public sector. Your knowledge equips you for policymaking positions in this field.

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Contact

Kees van den Ende MA

Study Adviser

Student Ambassadeurs

Our master's student ambassadors are happy to tell you more about the programme

Drs. Thea de Boer

Study Adviser

E: t.m.l.de.boer@rug.nl
T: 363 5581
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