Intercultural Understanding and Religion

Intercultural Understanding and Religion

How do you resolve tensions that arise between competing world views or where diversity of values exist? Are religious beliefs reconcilable with universal human rights? How can dialogical practice contribute to learning to live together peacefully?

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Study level
Exchange Courses
Closing dates
Autumn semester: April 15
30 ECTS Bachelor level
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Autumn 2019

Why study Intercultural Understanding and Religion?

Intercultural and interfaith understanding is an essential part of living with others in the diverse world of the twenty-first century. This course encourages dynamic interchange on central issues dealing with human existence, cultures, beliefs and practices. Learning about intercultural understanding, religion and the practice of dialog in education may contribute to sustainable and tolerant societies. Studying with us will encourage critical thinking, and contribute to personal growth and develop ethical awareness in professional practice.

What you will learn

The aim of this course is to foster cultural and religious literacy and sensitivity, and a critical awareness of personal values, world views and preferences among teachers and other professionals. The student discusses theories of religion, secularization, and the development of values in the context of cultural and religious pluralism.

Participation in, and facilitation of dialogue, and conflict resolution is part of the course. The approach to issues of value pluralism and religious diversity are both theoretical and practical, and the students are expected to participate in workshops and exercises, as well as to actively enter into theoretical discussions relevant to the subject of study. The subject is studied with global awareness and international issues in mind.

For more information, check out the intercultural understanding and religion course plan

Why study at USN?

USN offer an informal and student friendly environment. Our campuses are small with an open-door policy where our staff dedicates time and attention to each student. USN offers a safe living and study environment as well as a multicultural society where English is widely spoken. Our programmes are focused on practical study methods with a problem-based approach that should help students to prepare for real-life situations.

Further study opportunities

This course is offered as an elective course in our ITEPS program.

Admission requirements

The programme is open to international exchange students studying at one of USN's bilateral partner institutions. Exchange students must have completed at least 60 ECTS or equivalent within the relevant study field, and be officially nominated by their home university, to enrol.

Admission to the programme requires a good command of the English language, both spoken and written. An English proficiency equivalent to B2 (Cambridge) level is recommended.

More information about nomination and application procedures can be found here

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Full time – Drammen


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