Today, we witness the rise of national and regional conflicts - so-called “new wars” -, often linked to religious and ethnic diversity or enmity, usually triggered by unjust living conditions. In a globalized world, every regional conflict affects and is affected by the larger international community. At the same time we observe the devastating influence of violent conflicts on the individual as well as on the relations within families and communities (trauma).
These developments have created a growing interest in the political and public arena to explore and develop skills for peace making and peace keeping – locally, regional, and internationally – as well as for conflict prevention and post conflict care. The challenges are taken up in a variety of disciplines: Political Science, Law, The Humanities, Medicine, et al. In the field of Theology and Religious Studies, all of these insights are considered and critically reflected (in research, education, and praxis) from the perspective of different faith traditions. Religion is misused to incite violent conflicts as well as it is one of the strongest resources for conflict resolution and trauma healing – on the inter-personal level, the inter-groups level, as well as in reconciliation processes within whole societies.This master program aims to communicate those insights and prepares professionals for this growing field of peace and conflict studies.
A first compulsory core module, Hermeneutics, treats the skills of interpretation and reflexivity. A second core module, Research Skills, aims to train the student in academic research practices, discussing problem formulation, methodology, and analysis.
During the module Master seminar students develop and discuss a portfolio of their academic and professional qualities. This module is designed to run parallel to the other modules during the whole study-year in order to assure an individual accompaniment as well as a rich interdisciplinary and interreligious exchange among students and in dialogue with lecturers from various fields.
The second semester is devoted to internship and thesis work. Your Master’s specialization will equip you with a sound theoretical basis in peace & justice studies, trauma healing and reconciliation – from religious perspectives. You will gain the analytical, communicative and operational skills to become an independent professional in the field, both in religious and spiritual organizations as well as in the wider political arena.Career prospects