Based on the previous eight years of experience with the Religious Roots of Europe programme, the professors have adjusted the course plan from 2017. We are excited about these changes and we expect them to strengthen the programme, as we have expanded some of the most important courses (from 10 to 15 ECTS) and adjusted some of the other courses. The updated study plan is found here. The changes will only be implemented for students that start in 2017 or later. So students that are already in the programme will experience no changes.

Here you can see the list of courses for students starting in September 2017.

Here you can see the list of courses for the students that started in September 2016.

And this is the tentative course plan for the students starting in September 2018.

In the autumn semester 2017, the following courses are offered:

Mandatory courses (first year students):
The Study of Ancient Religion (September-October)
The Emergence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (October-November)

Mandatory courses (second year students):
The three religions in contemporary perspective

Optional courses for second year students:
Interaction course:
The role of women in religious communities and texts

Latin text course:
Early Christian Martyrdom

Arabic text course:
The Qur’an

About the courses in general

Teaching combines distance learning, compact in-person seminars twice pr. semester, course assignments, tutorials and traditional teaching at the individual host institutions.

The courses range from optional ones:
– Classical languages: Hebrew, Arabic.
– Text courses where a given subject, such as The Confessions of Augustine, The Qur’an, The Talmud, or Holy Women and Men, is studied through texts in the original language
– Interaction courses where the early interaction between the religions is studied by looking at themes such as Apologetics and Conversion, Ritual, Jesus in the Quran, Talmud and ancient pagan sources, The role of women in religious communities and texts, or approaching the issue of interaction from the perspective of material culture.

to mandatory courses in:
The emergence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
The study of ancient religions (a method course)
Inter-religious relations: Defining Moments, Current Encounters

Here is an introduction to what paper writing is like in our context

Example of the contents of an interaction course, The Quran and the Bible: Introduction to the Quran and its Biblical Contexts


Each course will be examined and marked according to the rules obtaining in the country and at the institution responsible for the course. The rules concerning re-examination and complaints likewise follow the rules obtaining in the country and at the institution offering any given course. Here are relevant links:

Read more in the Study Plan 2017

Grading system

For an explanation of the ECTS grading system we use, see here.