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Intercultural Education through Religious Studies

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Course Outline

"Intercultural Education Through Religious Studies – Religions, Fundamentalism and Human Rights in School Education" is a 5-day training course aimed at training educators interested in promoting interreligious and intercultural dialogue, active democratic citizenship and human-rights, especially in schools.
The course has been designed by European specialists in the field of religious studies and offers innovative approaches and ICT tools to educate towards a constructive and critical understanding of cultural and religious differences.
The learning materials, called Digital Modules on History of Religions, have been tested in different EU secondary schools (Venice, Paris, Augsburg, Salamanca and Odense) in the frame of the European project "Intercultural Education through Religious Studies" (IERS) - Comenius Multilateral Project (2013-15) coordinated by Ca' Foscari University of Venice.


Secondary school teachers of Humanities and Social Sciences (e.g. History, Geography, Philosophy, Sociology, Arts, Literature, Religion) and educators at large interested in promoting intercultural dialogue, active democratic citizenship and human-rights values.

Detailed Programme

The course covers the following topics:

• Introduction to the Main World Religious Traditions
• Coexistence & Conflict, Differences & Similarities in Religions
• Religious Plurality in Contemporary Societies
• The Sense and Methods of Teaching History of Religions in Schools
• Use of innovative ICT methodologies

- Day 1
Course's Aims and Learning Materials Presentation
The Value and Motivation to Teach History of Religions in Europe
How to Teach Religions at School? Pedagogical, Epistemological and Human Rights Dimensions

- Day 2
How to Teach Religions at School? Focus on Methodology and Exercises with the Digital Modules
How to Teach Religions at School? Focus on Monotheisms and Exercises with the Digital Modules
The Current Situation of Religious Education in Europe and the European Legislative Framework

- Day 3
How to Teach Religions at School? Focus on Asian Religions and Exercises with the Digital Modules
Theory and Practice for Using Multimedia ICT Tools in School

- Day 4
History of the Study of Religions in Europe
History of Religions and Intercultural Approach
How to Create Comparative Path with the Digital Modules
Teaching Experiences from actual Digital Modules Tester

- Day 5
Workshop Activities
Sightseeing of the Ghetto in the afternoon

Teaching Language

All activities will be held in English. Participants are required to be proficient in English at almost level B2 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Calendar and Venue

13-17 March 2017, from 9 am to 1.30 pm

Ca' Foscari University of Venice
Further information concerning the classroom will be published closer to the course.

Application and Payment Procedures

Applicants must fill in the template attached and submit it in pdf format via email to iers.comenius@unive.it with a copy of a valid passport, OR national ID card if EU citizens.
The application period is from 20 October 2016 to 24 February 2017.

The secretariat, once checked the availability of free places, will send a confirmation email both in case the application is accepted or refused.
In case the application is accepted, applicants must pay and send a proof of payment to iers.comenius@unive.it within 7 days from the date of the confirmation email, otherwise the application will be rejected.

The fee must be paid by bank transfer to the following bank account:
Account holder: Department of Asian and North African Studies
Banco popolare società cooperativa
S. Croce - F.ta S. Chiara 515/A - P.le Roma, 30135 Venice, Italy
IBAN Code: IT16L0503402071000000780170
Reason for payment: “Intercultural Education through Religious Studies Course Fee_NAME & SURNAME”

The paid amount will not be refunded in case of withdrawal.
The paid amount will be refunded in case the minimum number is not reached.

Course Fee

The course fee is EUR 350.

Please note the all costs related to course fee, travel, accommodation and subsistence may be covered by an Erasmus+ grant.
The Erasmus+ Programme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work.
For further information on how to apply for a grant, please visit the section KA1 – Staff Mobility of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.
The Erasmus+ grant is a contribution to your project costs. When applying for a KA1 project for school education/adult education staff you are eligible to receive funding for the following cost headings on a per participant basis: travel, individual support, organisational support, course fees and special needs support.

Since Erasmus + grant is limited to EU Mobility and the course is held in Italy, for Italian applicants the fee is reduced to EUR 250.

Minimum and Maximum Number of Participants

The minimum number of participants is 15, almost 10 with an EU grant.
The maximum number of participants is 25, almost 10 with an EU grant.
Once reached the maximum number of participants, applications will not be accepted anymore.

Certificate of Attendance

At the end of the course the participants will receive a certificate of attendance with the total amount of training hours.


For further information, please contact: iers.comenius@unive.it

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