Course Objective

You have developed knowledge, understanding and competences in the field
of hermeneutics. (1) You can demonstrate (in writing and/or in oral
communication) your knowledge and understanding of the various
definitions of hermeneutics in current scholarship as a basis for
developing an adequate hermeneutic theory and praxis (= Dublin
descriptor 1: knowledge and understanding). (2) You are competent to
apply various hermeneutic theories to a case study pertinent to your
master specialization (= Dublin descriptor 2: applying knowledge and
understanding). (3) You can integrate hermeneutic theory, where possible
and relevant, into a larger (multi-disciplinary) frame of reference,
especially with a view to the professional community and praxis (i.e.
society, academy and church) and report about this (= Dublin descriptor
3: making judgements). (4) You can communicate the conclusions of your
research in a position paper written for a specialist (peer) audience (=
Dublin descriptor 4: communication). (5) You can show that you are aware
of the complexities of "understanding" (or not-understanding)
[hermeneutic gap, text, author, reader, interpretive community, context,
.] and can deal with them professionally in a largely self-directed
(autonomous) learning process (hermeneutical habitus) (= Dublin
descriptor 5: learning skills).

Course Content

This course will provide you with an introduction into the
interreligious learning environment of the faculty Religion and
(1) This course starts with an intensive week of lectures on world
(2) It continues with lectures on hermeneutics: Towards a Hermeneutic
Anthropology - Ricoeur's Text Hermeneutics - Feminist and Womanist
Hermeneutics - Liberationist and Postcolonial Perspectives -
Interreligious Hermeneutics - Testimonial and Hermeneutical Injustice
(3) It ends with interreligious working sessions.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, working groups, reading assignments.

Method of Assessment

20% Participation in interfaith workshops
20% Reflection Paper on Workshops
60% Take home exam


M. Moyaert, In Response to the Religious Other (Obligatory) Access
available via the online library
Some other articles will be provided via Canvas.

Target Audience

This is a mandatory course for all MA students: MA Theology (1 year),
Divinity (3 year) and Research Master (2 year). It is also open to
students of EM (= Educatieve Master).

Additional Information

The first week of September is used to provide an introduction in the
world religions. Beware to reserve this week completely for this course.
Other courses will not be given in any master of the faculty Religion
and Theology.

Recommended background knowledge

A basic training in philosophical hermeneutics at a BA-level (G_BAHERM
or an equivalent course approved by the exam committee). If this is your
very first acquaintance with (general) hermeneutics, you will much
profit from Jens Zimmermann, Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction
(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015) Training in the ancient
languages (Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Arabic etc.) is not required; a good
command of English is.

General Information

Course Code G_MAHERMN
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Religion and Theology
Course Coordinator prof. dr. M. Moyaert
Examiner prof. dr. M. Moyaert
Teaching Staff prof. dr. E. van Staalduine-Sulman
dr. M. Bloemendal MBA
prof. dr. A.F.M. van der Braak
dr. Y. Ellethy
dr. M. Klaver
dr. V.A. van Bijlert
dr. P. Coppens
prof. dr. M. Moyaert

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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