Executive Certificate Programme in Interreligious Cooperation for Peace

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What is an executive certificate programme?

It provides participants with the opportunity to take a  course with a concentration on interreligious and intercultural studies. It complements the Globethics.net executive certificate programmes in applied ethics. Certificates are aligned with the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET). 



Course Code IRPC-12042021
Starting date: Part B-Cultural Studies 18 October 2021
Study Method Distance learning
Language: English

Registration: Open - Freemium Model

Developed together with

Jesuit Worldwide learning


What will you learn?

Is religion causing or provoking violence or is religion building peace?

There is probably no other societal phenomenon in our times that creates more controversy. At the same time, it is certainly valid that all religions provide enormous potential for peaceful cohabitation and cooperation.

Key Subject Areas

  • Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation
  • Religious Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Applied Ethics
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Intercultural Ethics
  • Peace Studies

This course invites you to a unique learning journey: you will learn about religion and religions, and how members of religious communities can engage and learn from one another.


Part A: Religious Studies

Part B: Cultural Studies

Part C: Ethical Studies

Religious Plurality, Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation

Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Cooperation

Ethical Values and Tools in Interreligious Cooperation 

Human beings are thoughtful by nature and seek to explain the things they see around them. To make sense of the world they find themselves in, they rely on fundamental ideas or foundational knowledge that we can call beliefs. 

Peaceful cohabitation is possible when attention and respect is given to differing cultural views and practices.
Cultures in turn are bound up with group and self-identity and social norms. Cross-cultural, intercultural and intra-cultural encounters can take place when there is openness. Arrival at and appreciation of common ethical values has the potential to create an enabling environment for exchange and eventually for change.

Being able to recognise and evaluate different values and attitudes can be a starting point for cooperation between differing groups, cultures and religions. Arrival at and appreciation of common ethical values has the potential to create an enabling environment for exchange and eventually for change.
12 April 2021 - Closed registrations opening on 2022! 18 October 2021 - Registrations open! Spring 2022

You will also gain new insights on the way religions are intertwined with cultures, and how this offers both opportunities for identity formation and self-assertion, as well as challenges when religions sometimes become vulnerable to subtle intrusions of misrepresentation and abuse.

Time and again, this course will also invite you to engage in a very personal journey of introspection, of relating the contents of the different units to your personal experiences on how religion is lived out individually and in communities.

Target Audience

Students in religious studies, philosophy, neighbouring and other disciplines, professionals in international organisations, non-governmental and faith-based organisations, social and community workers, administrators and government officials and all persons interested in a specialisation in interreligious peacebuilding.


Unit 1

What is Religion?

Unit 2

Introduction to the Abrahamic Religions

Unit 3

Introduction to Karmic Religions

Unit 4

Multilateral Deep Listening

Unit 5

Hermeneutics of Sacred Texts

Unit 6

Economic and Political Instrumentalisation of Religions

Unit 7

Religious Literacy and Disengagement from Religious Extremism

Unit 8

Interreligious Relations

Unit 9

What is Culture?

Unit 10

Language Diversity

Unit 11

Authority Contested
Unit 12

Time, Organisation and Community

Unit 13

Understanding Gender

Unit 14

Instrumentalisation of Identity

Unit 15

Case Studies on Cultural Studies

Unit 16

Religious Geography and Epistemology

Unit 17

What is Ethics?

Unit 18

Core Virtues for Dialogue

Unit 19

Avenues towards Peace

Unit 20

Walking in the Others' Shoes

Unit 21

Building Trust

Unit 22

How to Confront Economic and/or Political Barriers

Unit 23

Final Project Presentation for Field Work

Unit 24



Registration and Fees


Basic Track

Certification Track

Course content


Activities such as quizzes or forums

Online videos


Live chat sessions


Grading of the activities


Access to final assigment


Certificate of completion


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