M2 Concentration: Interreligious Studies
Length: 1 year (can be spread over 2 calendar years)
Preparing for degree : Master of Arts in Theology
Entry requirements: MA1 in Religious Studies or MA1 in Theology (or equivalent)
Choose 4 courses and 1 research seminar from below - to be approved by the Director of Studies
YEAR 2 OF THE MASTER’S IN THEOLOGY - CONCENTRATION: INTERRELIGIOUS STUDIES
The second year of The Master’s in Theology (M2, Master 2) - Concentration: Interreligious Studies gives access to the different religious traditions of humanity, with a particular emphasis on the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This study is driven by a reciprocal desire to understand one another, which is necessary for dialogue. Other traditions are also taught, such as Buddhism, Voodoo, Chinese philosophy, etc.
During this year, the student writes a research thesis under the direction of a qualified professor, which he or she is required to defend before a jury. The thesis is to be of 350 000 characters - (including spaces). Successful completion of the Master’s degree would enable students to teach and to go on to PhD studies.
The program is structured into:
- an Educational component with specialized courses and interactive online seminars
- a Research component with a thesis, supervised by a research director
Courses and assignments
Online seminars and assignments
The courses available for the Master 2 in Theology program - Concentration: Interreligious Studies can be seen below, with a detailed description for each one. The student should choose their courses after completing the administrative registration application and this choice will be validated by the Board of Studies.
The pedagogy of Domuni does not rely solely on reading. The interactive seminars are regularly offered for Master’s students. These are research seminars where students work synchronously: the seminars take place at fixed times and all participants study at the same time. Seminars are an opportunity for real dialogue-based research, led by a professor. The findings from seminars can lead to publication in Telos, the university’s journal.
ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE
Each course is evaluated by
- a 10-question quiz
- a long paper (10-15 pages)
At the end of the academic year
- The thesis defense concludes the MA 2.
In addition to the fact that students can take more time and study one academic year over two calendar years, examinations, since the Covid 19 pandemic, can be done by videoconferencing, in front of the jury. For the thesis defense, assessments last one hour and are recorded. This arrangement helps to protect the environment (by avoiding travel), to save time and money and of course to avoid transmitting the Covid 19 virus.
It is also worth noting that enrollment happens daily. As soon as the registration process is completed, students receive a code that allows them to access the Domoodle teaching platform and begin studying. As mentioned above, each academic year can be spread over two calendar years without the need to re-enroll or pay tuition fees again.
List of Courses
Church History Part I
Church History. Part II
Jacques Dupuis' Theology of Religions
In order to have a better understanding of Dupuis’ viewpoints, the study will put side-by-side Dupuis’ ideas and those of pluralism, exclusivism and inclusivism. For this reason, the three approaches to the theology of religions will be briefly discussed. Likewise, the study also briefly presents the understanding of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) concerning the issues raised.
Gerald O'Collins' Understanding of Symbols, Experience and Divine Revelation
Church History. Part III
Thomas Aquinas and the Islamic Intellectual Tradition
Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels - Part II
Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels - Part III
Philosophy of Religion
Monasticism in Buddhism and in the Catholic Church
The Origins of the Quran I
The Origins of the Quran II
In the lives of the sains lifes " lives" the Christian vision of God, man, and the world which stand all out very clearly. Men can learn almost as much about the real meaning of Christianity from the legends of the saints produced within the tradition of the Church as from the authentic lives themselves. Through the reading and studying the lifes of the saints who arrived before us in the promised land, we came to know how God works in the daily lives of Christians and how faith can be lived not only in good times but especially during persecution and suffering. This helps us to appreciate more our faith and make us grow in loving our brothers as part of God's providence.
Ecumenical Biblical Hermeneutics
Opposition to ecumenism
Introduction to Catholic Tradition
Introduction to the Protestant Tradition
Eastern Church history and cultural landmarks
Newman's Theory of Doctrinal Development
A Brief Introduction to and Overview of Classical Religious Hinduism
There are many different spiritual pathways that were born in the Indian sub-continent: Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, for example, and others that came to India such as Christian and Muslim. Hindu spirituality which represents the spiritual quest of the vast majority of the people of India is rooted in the relentless and uninterrupted search of the seers from the Indian sub-continent.
Christian-Muslim Dialogue and Secularization
The aim is to explore some aspects of Christian-Muslim dialogue in Britain, against the climate of rising secularization of European societies and the changing dynamics of institutional religious channels in this context. It will also touch upon questions of faith, belonging and belief, after an in-depth analysis of the challenges secularism represents for inter-faith dialogue given the contemporary popularity of militant atheism.