This dynamic interdisciplinary minor in Peace Theology and Mennonite Studies offers a unique fusion of past and present. Take the opportunity to study rare primary sources and visit historical sites pertaining to the nearly 500-year-old history of Anabaptism in the Netherlands. Explore contemporary issues in peace and conflict studies with experts who are active as Mennonite representatives in today’s global peacebuilding networks. Offered by the specialist teaching team of Amsterdam’s Mennonite Seminary at VU Amsterdam, the courses in this minor explore themes and methodologies from Biblical studies, theology, history, cultural studies, peace and conflict studies, ethics, and philosophy.
Programming is designed so that all courses fit within one semester, and all courses will be formatted so that they are recognized and accredited internationally. The language of instruction is English.
Philosophy and Ethics of Political Violence: Peace, War, and Terrorism [PACS, existing VU-wide interdisciplinary BA course] (Enns, Pacheco & Buijs)
In this course, students will learn about major ethical and philosophical positions concerning conflict, violence, non-violence, “just war,” and “just peace.” The course works from an interdisciplinary perspective, including methodologies from theology, political science, and philosophy.
Mennonite Studies: Themes in Theology, History, and Cultural Heritage (Schroeder)
Students will explore the socio-cultural heritage of Anabaptist and Mennonite traditions from a multi-disciplinary perspective, with an eye to the roles of theological conviction, social position, cultural life, and geo-political context in shaping key themes that have been part of Mennonite socio-theological identities over the centuries.
Peace and Justice in Biblical Perspective (Karrer)
This course focuses on key biblical texts that are often connected with themes of peace and peace theology. Students will analyse with violent stories and texts from the Bible and consider differences between biblical and contemporary concepts of “peace” and “justice.” How can these inspire our thinking today about restorative justice and sustainability?
The (Radical) Reformation: Anabaptists and other Minorities (Veen, Schroeder)
Students will learn about the theological tenets and historical origins of the Anabaptists, and other nonconformist religious minorities that spread around Europe in the sixteenth century. The early years of Anabaptist-Mennonite development will be contextualized in relation to the broader socio-political developments and religious reformations of the era.
Identity and Emancipation – Practical Ethics in Pastoral Care (van Trostwijk, van Hulst)
The student will be able to explore themes of emancipation, spirituality, religion, liberation, peace, authenticity, and identity as these relate to development of Christian identity in a postmodern world. The course will explore contemporary themes in practical pastoral care, and spiritual development from the vantage points of philosophy, theology, and ethics.
There are no conditions for admission, all Bachelor's students are welcome.
VU students should register for the courses through VUnet, taking into account the regulations and deadlines for course registrations.
Student from other universities must register as a secondary subjects student (‘bijvakstudent’), including a document from their own Examination Board, stating they have permission to take these courses.
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
1 semester (30 EC)
FIELD OF INTEREST
Art, Culture and History
Language and Communication