Nederlandse Onderzoekschool voor Theologie en Religiewetenschap
Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion

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Research Seminar Dogmatics, Ethics and Philosophy of Religion

0.25 EC 26 Apr 2016


Teaching staff: Prof. Peter-Ben Smit (VU/ UU) and prof. Rick Benjamins (PThU)

Course Description: This ongoing seminar meets monthly and offers a forum to present and discuss parts of the PhD-research projects of the participants. The sessions alternately focus on the exploration of current debates in systematic theology and on the mastering of dissertation skills, both in relation to the research projects of the participants. Guest lecturers with expertise in the participants’ field of research will be invited to respond to presentations of ongoing research. Dissertation skills that are trained include quoting, referring and preparing a bibliography, personal commitment and academic distance, the choice of method to be applied, how to begin a PhD. project, how to remain in charge of it, and how to bring it to a good (and timely) end, presenting and defending research, publishing strategies, criticizing texts of colleagues, preparing for professional life after the dissertation.

Course objectives: The course aims at supporting the participants during their PhD-work and developing their skills through dialogue and workshops.

Final qualifications:

  • The student is able to participate in discussions of ongoing work with peers.
  • The student is able to present and defend his or her own work.
  • The student is able to assess and discuss methodological and theoretical aspects of systematic research in the field of theology, ethics and philosophy of religion.

Required reading: Research papers of participants, selected readings concerning current debates in the field of systematic theology.
Testing methods: Presence and participation, delivery of prepared critical comments
Teaching methods: Assignments, presentations, responses and discussions
Registration and participation: Registration is required via the NOSTER website. When logged in to your personal account on the NOSTER website a register button will appear on the right. A certificate of attendance can be given to the students after finishing the course. In case you are an external PhD candidate your promotor has to send NOSTER an email (, giving his or her consent with your participation.
Costs: Participation is free for NOSTER members. For those who are no members of NOSTER the fee for this seminar is €125,-. For more information about membership and costs per EC, see this page.
Credits: 0,25 EC / meeting
Place: Utrecht
Number of sessions: Ten sessions per year of 3-4 hours each.
Course-specific Admission requirements: The course is open to PhD candidates and 2nd-year research master students in theology and religious studies who specialize in Dogmatics, Ethics, Philosophy of Religion or some other systematic approach to religion. In some cases, research-oriented students from other master programmes may be admitted. For further information, please contact the office (





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