The program is based on courses in social sciences and religious studies. An essential part of the program is to give insight into the different ways by which religion is shaped by various local and regional social conditions. It aims at giving a more profound understanding of the relationship between religion and society in a global perspective and includes courses in:
- sociology of religion
- intercultural communication
- human rights, conflict, and reconciliation
The program provides education for positions in the field of research and education. Furthermore, it qualifies for jobs in institutions and organizations where knowledge of religion in an international and global perspective is required. It is also relevant for positions of leadership within the public and private sector.
- A B.A. or equivalent degree in Theology, Social Science, Religious Studies or related fields.
- The study presupposes insights into one or more of the world religions and basic competence within religious studies.
- Grade average equivalent to Norwegian C level.
Master of Philosophy-Religion, Society and Global Issues
The Master's program aims at providing education for positions within research and education, as well as within Norwegian and international institutions and organizations, where knowledge of religion in an international and global perspective is required. It is also relevant for positions of leadership within the public and private sector. The Master's degree qualifies for further studies at a doctoral level.
The Program Master of Religion, Society, and Global Issues consists of 120 ECTS, including a thesis worth 60 ECTS. The study program is built on different courses and the independent work on the Master's thesis. Each course consists of 10 ECTS. For each course, learning outcomes and competencies are formulated emphasizing the students' insights into central scientific problems. The competence aims are formulated independently for each subject. The learning outcomes are formulated on three levels; ability to basic, ability and good ability. The work to fulfill these learning outcomes will contribute to reaching the competence aims, and is the basis for evaluation. (Cf. Organisering, arbeidsformer og vurdering under, og emnebeskrivelsene samt vedlegget med Nivåspesifikke vurderingskriterier på 500-/600-nivå). The objectives of the study will be fulfilled through courses on a Master's level, 60 ECTS, including a compulsory course in scientific methods (10 ECTS). The students will write a thesis worth 60 ECTS.
The study program is based on courses in the social sciences and religious studies. An essential part of the program is to give insight into the different ways by which religion is shaped by various local and regional social conditions. The study courses must be viewed in light of these premises. The program aims at developing the knowledge acquired at the bachelor's level, in order to give a more profound understanding of the relationship between religion and society in a global perspective. This involves courses in ethics, sociology of religion, intercultural communication and Diaconia. The program provides opportunities to specialize according to the students' own interests. At the same time, it has a common basis in the social sciences and religious studies. The study will be in dialogue with research within theology and religious studies and is scientifically legitimated by these disciplines. This dialogue will also contribute to an understanding of the different theories and methods employed by these disciplines.
The main perspectives of the program focus on different aspects of the global and social characters and contexts of religion. The profile of the Master's program can be summarized in the following way:
The program is based on religious studies/Christian theology. It views the activities of religious organizations and institutions both as sources of conflicts and as potential resources for peacemaking. The program uses instruments from religious concepts of conflict measurement, reconciliation and peace work.
- The study is also based on the social sciences. The Master's degree is built on a common basis of obligatory courses and electives as fundaments for both a study within the sociology of religion and a globally oriented study.
The program is interreligious in its orientation. In the requirements for admission, the study presupposes insights into one or more of the world religions and basic competence within religious studies. The study gives insight into different faith positions and into intercultural communication.
Each student may profile her or his study program by choosing electives courses and the topic of the thesis. The program allows for relevant electives on the same level from other universities or colleges in Norway or abroad.
About the School
MF Norwegian School of Theology (1908) is an accredited Specialized University in the field of Theology, Religious Studies and Social Studies.