Thematic Modules

Depending on your choice, the ICE programme will either lead to a Master of Arts (Humanities) degree or a Master of Theology degree. You will choose your target degree when you apply to the programme. Students taking the Master of Theology degree specialise in the thematic module Religion, Conflict and Dialogue. Humanities students specialise in two thematic modules of their choice. All students may select one additional module for their optional studies.

The thematic modules in ICE are:

  • Re­li­gion, Con­flict and Dia­logue
  • Know­ledge, Decolonisation and Change
  • Com­mu­nic­a­tion and Me­dia
  • Transna­tional In­ter­ac­tions and Globalisation

The thematic module of Religion, Conflict and Dialogue prepares you to critically analyse the role of religion in local, national and global conflicts. You will also develop expertise in conflict resolution and reconciliation projects involving religious issues. The topics covered in the courses within this theme will include:

  • Media and Religion
  • Peace Mediation and Negotiation
  • Religion and Society
  • Conflict Mapping

The thematic module of Knowledge, Decolonisation and Change offers an opportunity to obtain knowledge of epistemological differences from a decolonising perspective. Your expertise will extend, for example, to Indigenous peoples’ philosophies and concepts in a global perspective. You will gain new insights into knowledge-making, power relations, and diverse interactions between humans and the environment. This thematic module also offers novel methodological tools for more horizontal, interactive, and ethical research.

Courses within this theme cover topics such as: 

  • Knowledge Production 
  • Methods and Epistemological Differences
  • Cultural Change and Environment

The thematic module of Communication and Media focuses on practical intercultural communication situations and processes, as well as on cultural beliefs and values present and produced in communication and social relationships. You will also learn to analyse relationships between culture, media and power, both in traditional mass media and present-day social media.

The topics covered in this theme's courses include:

  • Media Culture
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Language Ideology
  • Cultural and Interpersonal Communication

The thematic module of Transnational Interactions and Globalisation explores debates surrounding globalisation. Going beyond state encounters, the module also focuses on transnational interactions among non-state actors and individuals. A major characteristic of globalisation is the localisation of the global and the globalisation of the local. In this module, you will develop an understanding of the local, national, transnational and global dimensions of cultural and political activities. In addition, you will examine social and political changes at large and how they might influence your own life.

Courses within this theme cover topics such as:

  • Transnational identities
  • Transnational Politics
  • Globalisation