1) The students of the Master's Programme in Intercultural Encounters specializing in Religion, Conflict and Dialogue, Master of Theology
2) Other ICE students
There are no prerequisites for this course.
After the course, students will know the basic theoretical discussion on the role of religion in society and have the ability to apply this knowledge to their own case studies in the RCD.
This course is organised in the first or second year of the MA programme.
This course will provide an insight into the theories on the role of religion in both the public and private sphere, as well as the application and creation of social cohesion with the help of examples. During the course, the participants will seek understanding, both theoretically and empirically, on the changes in the religious field and their meaning for individuals and for religious and secular organisations, as well as for society at large. Social cohesion denotes a process, in which it is projected that the participation of people in society will lead to new dynamics of positive identity formation, active citizenship and the building of self-esteem and a sense of belonging.
The precise literature and other possible study materials are given by the course teachers.
Lectures and contact teaching, group and seminar work
The assessment practices and criteria will be in accordance with the University of Helsinki’s criteria. They will be specified for each course by the respective teacher.
The University of Helsinki’s grading scale of 0–5 will be applied.
Mainly an online course with a starting and a final meeting.