Religion and Cultural Heritage consists of three core modules (15 ECTS), a thesis (20 ECTS) and a practical placement (10 ECTS). You can choose three out of four electives (5 ECTS each). 'Material Religion: Things, Places, Performances, and Belief', 'Theological Heritages in a (Post) Modern Context', 'Going Retro: Ancient and Medieval Modernities', and 'Heritage of Death'.
In the compulsory course 'Introduction to Religious Heritage,' you will be introduced to the practice and theory of religious and cultural heritage. You will a.o. engage in a virtual archaeological “dig” of a sector of the city of Groningen and uncover the various types of religious heritage present in specific locations.
The core module 'The Politics of Heritage' explores the complex relationship that exists between categories of 'heritage', 'identity' and 'memory' across various levels of politics and society. You will learn how the contestations over what is heritage, what is sacred, what is religious and what is cultural – and for whom – have very real impacts on law, policy and peoples' daily lives.
The module 'Research Methods in Heritage and Historical Studies' brings together more practical skills (economic, organizational and managerial aspects) and the necessary research skills you need for your project in the second semester.
As elective, you may also choose 'Reception and Re-Use of Authoritative Texts' from the Master's Track Religion and Pluralism, Ancient & Modern.