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Religious Studies

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2020, April 21 - 9:21pm

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Religious Studies is a course covering all fields related to knowledge of religion and its role in human life or society. The students can acquaint themselves with various theories describing this phenomenon, understand the conditions of a religious act including its individual and social consequences. Religions exert strong influence on every sphere of human life: the perception and judgment of reality, culture, art. Religions shape the meaning of life and collectively evaluate human activity. Pursuing Religious Studies allows students to understand the world, learn about religious problems and their relationship with contemporary culture as well as acquaint themselves with the impact of religion on civilisational development. The course helps to develop interests and broaden one's horizons while shaping graduate into a person with excellent understanding of religious, social and political issues.

There are scientific societies working in the Institute of History at the University of Gdańsk where many conferences and scientific trips are organised. As a part of Erasmus exchange scheme, students have a chance to attend classes in foreign universities in Germany, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Belgium, Romania, Hungary and Latvia. Student internship in numerous Pomeranian schools and public institutions enables students to gain useful skills and priceless professional experience. Modern teaching facilities and highly-qualified academic staff ensure a comfortable learning environment. Our graduates find employment as politicians, members of local governments, scientists, tour guides, entrepreneurs, clerks, journalists, teachers, librarians or archivists.

Religious Studies course at the Institute of History is delivered in the form of BA studies. During lectures and practical classes, students obtain basic knowledge of main religious traditions. Broad core curriculum includes studies in the fields of history, ethnology, sociology, political science, psychology and philosophy. The base component of the course are classes dedicated to specific religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, religions of the ancient world (Middle and Far East, pre-Christian Europe), tribal religions and new religious movements.

The curriculum of this course includes classes in one modern language and two religious tradition languages – Hebrew and New Testament Greek.