Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies (M.Phil. / P.Grad.Dip.)
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Introduction: Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies integrates a variety of theological and other disciplines in order to explore significant and complex relationships within and between religious communities and their traditions. These fields of study attend closely to the connections and tensions experienced as the religions encounter alternative social, political and cultural resources of meaning and identity. This course focuses on the practical and theoretical possibilities posed by intercultural dialogue, and on the challenges of sustaining communities in which the praxis of peace and reconciliation with others is given concrete embodiment.
A variety of modules is offered each year, drawn from the list below. A module on Research and Methods is compulsory; students select a further 5 modules for assessment and write a dissertation.
Authority, Tradition, Experience: Ecumenics as Intercultural Theology
World Christianity and Interreligious Dialogue
Comparative Theology: Meaning and Practice
Religions and Ethics in a Pluralist World
Nature, Grace and the Triune God
NGOs in Theory and Practice
Developing Doctrine: Identity and Change in Christian Tradition
Interpreting Ecumenical Ecclesiology
An Ecumenics of Loss: Religion, Modernity and Reconciliation
Creation, Cosmology and Ecotheology
Engaging Religious Fundamentalism
Christian Seeds in Indic Soil : Christianity in South Asia
The Church in the Shadow of the Mosque: Christianity in the World of Islam
On Being Human: Theological Anthropology in Cross-cultural Perspective
The Many Faces of Jesus: Christology and Cultures
Cross-cultural Ministry and Interreligious Encounter
Muslim God, Christian God: Islam and Muslim-Christian Comparative Theology
Hindu God, Christian God: Hinduism and Hindu-Christian Comparative Theology
Judaism and Jewish-Christian Relations
Issues in Buddhist-Christian Dialogue
Reconciliation in Northern Ireland Religion, Conflict and Peace in International Relations
Teaching takes places in Dublin over two terms. A one term, non-degree course of study is available which is ideal for those on sabbatical, or who prefer a shorter period of study. There is also the option of attending single modules. Modules from the M.Phil. in International Peace Studies and the M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation are also open to students on the M.Phil. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies. Students seeking to be assessed for their work on a module in either of the two other programmes must first secure the permission of the relevant course coordinators.
Dissertation: A research dissertation (15,000 – 20,000 words) to be supervised by an appropriate member of staff and to be submitted by 20 August
Course Options1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Prof. Jude Lal Fernando
Closing Date15 August 2018
Applicants should normally have an honors degree at second class level or GPA 3.2 or above. Students not meeting these criteria may exceptionally be considered at the discretion of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
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