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New Master’s Degree Program on the Relationship Between Religion and Politics

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Only a few decades ago, it was assumed that religion and religiosity would lose their significance in the public arena in the long term. Instead, the relationship between religion and politics has developed in recent years in Western Europe to an issue that increasingly dominates both social and political as well as academic debates. TU Dort­mund University is setting up a new Master’s degree program on this topic for the winter semester.

The trigger for the current debates is a new visibility of religion in the public arena. This can be traced back to various causes, such as religious pluralization, changing moral concepts, but also globalization. How tolerant should society be towards the cultural habits of minorities, for example? Which values – such as equal rights for women and men – may not be questioned? These are concrete issues that the new research-oriented Master’s program in Religion and Politics (MAREPOL) of the Faculty of Human Sciences and Theology deals with.

Elective focus

With the new degree program, the link between the Institute of Protestant Theology, the Institute of Catholic Theology and the Institute of Philosophy and Political Science can be experienced in the offered courses and in research: “In the MAREPOL study program, we offer three interdisciplinary clusters – Tolerance, Conflict and Identity,” said Matthias Heise, who helped launch the new degree program. “All disciplines of the faculty contribute to these three clusters. The students, in turn, select two clusters to focus on in their studies.” In doing so, they can already focus on their careers: rather in the direction of research or practical professional work. For this purpose, they use a practical phase in the third semester and practice project management with concrete contents, such as: How do I organize a conference or how do I apply for third-party funding?

Applications are open to MAREPOL students with knowledge of philosophy, political science or theology, but also to career changers from other fields such as technology or journalism. There are no admission restrictions, but a good Bachelor’s degree is expected. “Especially against the background of the migration and refugee movement, the Master’s degree offers exciting tasks for graduates,” said Heise.

Interdisciplinary program of the Faculty of Human Sciences and Theology

MAREPOL is the second interdisciplinary program of the Faculty of Human Sciences and Theology after the Master’s program “MAPP – Philosophy and Political Science”. “With this program we are occupying a niche for which there is still no offer nationwide,” said Heise, “and we are demonstrating that the connection between theology, philosophy and political science is more topical than ever before.” This also became clear when the program was established.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Universität"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the university: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Universität S".

Dort­mund Airport offers flights to several destinations in Central Europe. There are regular connections to Katowice, Kraków, London and Munich. For the approximately 20km-trip from Dort­mund Airport to TU Dort­mund University, you can use a shuttle bus to the railway Station "Bahnhof Holzwickede", from which trains depart to Dort­mund main station (please visit Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr for more information). Normally, the fastest way is to catch a taxi at Dort­mund Airport.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Universität S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.