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The Diploma in Interreligious Studies of the Gregorian University

Director Fr. Laurent Basanese, SJ

The pedagogy of the Centre

The pedagogy of the Centre towards the Diploma in Interreligious Studies (2 semesters, 60 ECTS) is based on four methods:

  • Instruction on fundamental topics: Courses and Workshops in two semesters
  • Reading groups
  • Intellectual life, thanks to the various University events and the activities offered by the Centre.
  • Personal readings and assignments.

At the end of the two semesters, the student recapitulates the study carried out with a Dossier.

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Written Works

The goal of the written works demanded from the students is to verify the personal reflections and assimilation of the material taught. Each student is accompanied by a team of the Centre who directs the choice of the projects, personal readings and the preparation of the final Dossier. In particular:

  • Courses (24 hours) and Workshops (12 hours) are provided with a different pedagogy but require a similar insertion. Both would usually conclude with an examination. It is expected of the student to actively participate in the Workshops that would require more personal work.
  • Every semester, a Reading Group of 3-6 students meets to reflect on an author or an important work or on any interreligious theme.
  • Participation in the events of the University and the Centre, as a student or as a speaker, would help to value the importance of debate and to appreciate various creative concepts and thoughts. These events can be of various types: academic (conferences), aesthetic (movies, music), testimonies, reflections on current events, etc.
  • Each semester, the student writes an essay of 7-8 quality pages on a topic of his or her interest under the guidance of a Professor. The aim is to deepen one's knowledge on a precise topic on interfaith issues and learn the intricacies of argumentation in that field.
  • The Dossier prepared at the end of the two semesters would highlight the work completed: presentation of the study program, a personal bibliography (a list of material personally read and studied), evaluation of reading groups, intellectual development and perspectives. The Dossier will provide the material for the Oral Test during the Final Exam.

Access to the Library

The students registered at the Gregorian Centre for Interreligious Studies have access to the Library of the University (1 million volumes) and other specialized Libraries.