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Religion in a Changing World

Religion is everywhere. Knowledge of religion is essential for anyone who wants to understand the world. If you are fascinated by the diversity of religions, their development throughout history and their meaning today – both in people’s personal lives and in society – the minor Religion in a Changing World is the right choice as a supplement to your major.

This minor includes mandatory and elective courses and is designed to acquaint students with the tools essential for studying, interpreting, and analysing religion as a human phenomenon. The first mandatory course, Religion in the World, provides an introductory survey of religion as a human cultural endeavour from prehistory to the present and from a global perspective. The second mandatory course, Comparative Religion, introduces the method of comparison and the development of theory in the study of religion. Students then choose two electives focusing on specific religious traditions (e.g. Islam, Buddhism, Hindu religions etc.) or broader themes (e.g. politics, media, education, etc.), as well as one of two courses exploring a social scientific approach (Sociology of Religion in English or Psychologie van Religie in Dutch).

The course list for the minor includes both English and Dutch courses, but it is possible to take the minor entirely in English (either entirely in semester 1 or spread across both semesters).

Maximum number of participants: 70

Prospectus number: 5000MRELN

Class number: 1045

Language: English/Dutch

Registration:

LEI students 2 May to 15 July 2022

TUD and EUR students 2 May to 31 May 2022

Minor

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Two mandatory Courses:

Religion in the World 5
Comparative Religion 10

Choose two of the below courses:

Please note: electives are subject to availability

Gilgamesh, Mozes, Echnaton: godsdienst in het oude Nabije Oosten 5
Introduction to Buddhism 5
Introduction to Hindu Religions 5
Introduction to the Study of Islam 5
Jews and Judaism: An Introduction 5
Leiden as a Hotbed for Scholarship and Science, 1575-1715 5
Religie, levensbeschouwing en burgerschap in het onderwijs 5
Antieke Godsdiensten 5
Christendom: de basics 5
Islam in Europe 5
Literatuur, Cultuur en Religie van het Oude Israël: Introductie tot de Hebreeuwse Bijbel 5
New Religions 5
Religie en media 5
Religion and Politics 5
Religie, Spiritualiteit en Gezondheid 5
Weerbare democratie en ‘democratic backsliding’ 5

Choose one of the two below Courses:

Sociology of Religion 5
Psychologie van religie 5

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Information

  • Extent: 30 EC

  • Intended for: All students with an interest in the subject matter

  • Language of Instruction: English and Dutch. You can opt for a completely English taught package or a mix of Dutch and English taught courses.

  • Websites: Centre for the Study of Religion Leiden Religie Blog

  • Programme Coordinator: TBA

  • Information: Coordinator of Studies

  • Board of Examiners: Religious Studies

  • Registration:
    LEI students 2 May to 15 July 2022
    TUD and EUR students 2 May to 31 May 2022

Register for the minor activity via uSis.
Register for the individual courses via MyStudymap.

Follow-on master’s programmes

MA Religious Studies. Students with a university BA degree in the humanities or social sciences who successfully complete the minor Religion in a Changing World will be eligible for admission to the MA Religious Studies at Leiden University.

Educatieve MA Religie en Levensbeschouwing. Students with a university BA degree in the humanities or social sciences who successfully complete the minor Religion in a Changing World will be eligible for admission to the two-year educational MA Religie en Levensbeschouwing at Leiden University. Students who are interested in going on to follow the MA Religie en Levensbeschouwing are advised to take the courses Christendom: de basics and Introduction to the Study of Islam as part of the minor.