Third semester profiles

ReD Global students who select the Research Track in the third semester undertake coursework worth 25 ECTS (or the equivalent thereof) at one of the ReD Global Partner universities (EU or non-EU).


In line with the ReD Global aim to maximise synergies and complementarity across semesters, the umbrella topic of the Third-semester Profiles is “Religious Diversity & Social Inclusion in multifarious contexts”, incorporating the following perspectives:

  1. Inter- and/or transdisciplinarity
  2. Contemporary issues of the role of religion in societies and their interaction with other macro-environmental factors

Overview of Partners

An overview of the Partner universities that offer a Third-semester Profile:


1University of GroningenNLReligion, Conflict & GlobalisationReligious Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Gender Studies, History, PhilosophyEnglish
2Universidad de CórdobaESReligious Coexistence Today: Major and Minor Currents in SpainReligious Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Arts, Religious EconomyEnglish, Spanish
3Universidad del SalvadorARIdentity, Religious Diversity, and Sustainable Societies in Latin America: The Case of ArgentinaHistory of Religions, Religious Studies, Phenomenology, Philosophy, Psychology, International RelationsEnglish, Spanish
4Universidade de BrasíliaBRReligious Diversity in Brazil Today: a “Glocal” PerspectiveHistory, Philosophy, Sociology, Ethnography, Religious StudiesEnglish, Portuguese
5Universität BernCHContemporary Interreligious Dialogue in Theory and Practice

Theology, Religion, Philosophy, Sociology, Law

English, German
6Pontifícia Universidad Católica de ChileCLReligion in Latin America. Politics, Literature & Popular Culture: Chile in ContextsTheology, LiteratureEnglish, Spanish
7Universidad de Guanajuato & Universidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMXReligion, Society and Government in Latin America: Mexico in ContextsHistory, Political science, Law, Sociology, Philosophy, International Relations, Public administrationSpanish, English

The ReD Global Partnership annually updates its third semester course offering of Partner Institutions who have submitted a third semester “Profile”. Partners who choose to submit such Profile specifically include Academic Associated Partners in Latin America.

Profile descriptions

Religion, Conflict & Globalisation

How are religion, conflict and peace related? How does globalisation affect local religious traditions? How do religious and secular actors interact in local and global debates on migration and gender? Within the modern world, it is clear that religion has a major role in many conflicts occurring at multiple levels and locations. Yet religion is also one of the main ways in which people connect with each other across the globe. Despite this social and political significance, NGOs, governments and journalists alike often have misguided understandings of religion’s role in the modern world and the meaning that it holds for various peoples, relying on simplistic and outdated assumptions. This can contribute to disagreements, tensions and misunderstandings, with potentially serious consequences. The course modules in this Profile provide students with the critical analytical skills to comprehensively understand how religion forms part of contemporary social, cultural and political issues across diverse contexts around the world. They will also develop the ability to apply these skills to policy development, project design and public communication.

Religious Coexistence Today: Major and Minor Currents in Spain

The South of Spain has continued to be one of the richest melting pots of folk religions in Europe. This Profile allows students to study and learn by delving into manifestations of deep religiosity as they are experienced still today, via diverse festivities such as “Semana Santa”, “las Cruces”, and “los Patios”, as well as other less grand religious practices, such as pilgrimage and votive offerings. At the same time, this Profile focuses on today’s religious and cultural diversity, in particular the coexistence of the so-called “three cultures”: Jewish, Christian, and the Muslim religions, including through the direct contact with associations, NGOs, and cultural companies. Courses taught in Spanish will be offered with simultaneous translation to English.

Identity, Religious Diversity, and Sustainable Societies in Latin America: The Case of Argentina (Title in Spanish: Identidad, Diversidad Religiosa y Sociedades Sustentables en América Latina: El Caso Argentino.)

El estudio del hecho religioso desde tres perspectivas interdisciplinarias y su relación con el desarrollo sustentable, a partir de cuatro ideas esenciales para los estudios contemporáneos:  (1) Fenomenología, filosofía y psicología de las religiones; (2) Origen, perdurabilidad y actualidad de las creencias, religiones y cultos en Argentina; (3) El diálogo ecuménico, interreligioso e intercultural. La experiencia Argentina; (4) Las organizaciones religiosas, su compromiso con el Desarrollo Sostenible y los Objetivos del Milenio.

Religious diversity in Brazil today: a Glocal Perspective

This profile addresses two specific issues: diversity and globalisation from a Southern and Brazilian perspective. We will be focusing on general themes as History of Religious Institutions in Brazil, asking more directly for African and indigenous contributions to the diversity of cults and religious cultures today. Brazil will also be a case study for understanding intolerance, fundamentalism and new religious movements today.

Contemporary Interreligious Dialogue in Theory and Practice

The semester in Bern will focus on theoretical aspects of contemporary interreligious dialogue as well as on empirical studies of religious communities and their interaction with the civil society and the state. With its many international organisations, including the WHO and numerous UN bodies, NGOs like the ICRC and religious organisations like the World Council of Churches, Switzerland offers an ideal background for this study program abroad. In addition, Bern hosts the “House of Religions” a unique place worldwide that unites eight religious communities under one roof, including places of worship and space designed for the dialogue with the public.

Religion in Latin America. Politics, Literature & Popular Culture: Chile in Contexts. (Title in Spanish: La religión en Latinoamérica. Política, literatura y cultura popular)

Un estudio interdisciplinario acerca de tres tópicos esenciales para los estudios contemporaneos de la religion en Latinoamérica: (1) La religión en el contexto político de América Latina durante los siglo XX y XXI; (2) Poéticas de lo sagrado (Neruda y Borges); (3) La religión popular en Chile: una mirada teológica.

Religion, Society and Government in Latin America: Mexico in Contexts

The student will be able to understand changes in religion, society and government, under multidisciplinary approaches, as Sociology, Political Science and Public Administration, in Mexico and Latin America.