Interreligious Cooperation for Peace - Religious Studies

About this course

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.

  • Recognise the different dimensions of religious worldviews, rituals, and practices
  • Interpret religion(s) from a critical perspective
  • Explain the role of religion(s) in peacebuilding
  • Study Materials

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


Heidi Hadsell

Prof. Dr, Professor of Ethics, former President of Hartford Seminary



Meera Baindur

Professor of Philosophy, Manipal University Jaipur


Participants whose first language is not English are recommended to have a minimum English language-proficiency of B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The self-assessment grid under this link provides potential participants with an overview in case of unfamiliarity with this framework.

What's included

All learning materials are delivered entirely online. You’ll have access to a course website, which includes:

  • a unit overview
  • course-specific materials and activities
  • audio and video content
  • discussion forums

All the interactive materials from our courses are available as downloadable PDF versions for low bandwidth connections.

Computing requirements

You’ll need broadband internet access and a desktop or laptop computer with an up-to-date version of Windows (10 or 11), or macOS (10.15 or higher).

It’s also possible to access our learning management system on a mobile phone, tablet device, however, as you will have to download the moodle application for Android or MacOs.

For the assignments and final assignment, you will be required to use any word processor, such as Microsoft Word, Google Sheets, Pages, and convert it to a PDF, you can download it here.

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Duration8 weeks
Starting date10 0ctober 2022
Course certification from 100 USD depending on country income classification
Workload40 hours (8 online modules)
Subjects Religion, culture, peace
Language English
Study Method Distance learning

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