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
(4) You can communicate the conclusions of your research in a position
paper written for a specialist (peer) audience (= Dublin descriptor 4:
(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

Monday 10/9: Towards a Hermeneutic Anthropology

Wednesday 12/9: Ricoeur's text Hermeneutics

Monday 17/9: Feminist - Womanist Hermeneutics

Wednesday 19/9: Liberationist/postcolonial perspectives

Monday 24/9: Interreligious Hermeneutics+ SR

Wednesday 26/9: Testimonial and Hermeneutical Injustice

Teaching Methods

Lectures, working groups, reading assignments, peer review, research

Method of Assessment

Participation in SR Groups 20%
Reflection Paper on Scriptural Reasoning 20%
Research paper, depending on specialization (Take home Assignment) 60%


M. Moyaert, In Response to the Religious Other (Obligatory) Access
available via the online library
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).

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
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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