Course code:
Period 1
Language of tuition:
Faculty of Religion and Theology
prof. dr. M. Moyaert
prof. dr. M. Moyaert
dr. A.W. Zwiep
prof. dr. E. van Staalduine-Sulman
prof. dr. M. Moyaert
Teaching method(s):
Lecture, Seminar

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

Form of tuition

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

Type of assessment

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

Course reading

M. Moyaert, In Response to the Religious Other (Obligatory) Access
available via the online library
Other articles will be provided via Canvas

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.

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).

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