Summer School - Religion, Peace & Non-Violence: The Case of Catholicis, 8-15 July 2019, Tilburg University, Netherlands

Tilburg University


May 31, 2019

Event Date:

January 08, 2019 - January 15, 2019

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Religion, Peace & Non-Violence: The Case of Catholicism

Learn firsthand how religion contributes equally to peace and war. In this one-week summer intensive you will learn to distinguish between several levels of non-violence, receive training in ‘value focused interviewing’, and conduct live interviews with international key-figures who promote non-violence worldwide.


This course gives you:

  • Knowledge and understanding of concepts of Just War, Just Peace and Non-Violence;
  • The ability to compare these concepts and seek for synthetic approaches;
  • Understanding of the way society and the state deal with aggression, violence and war;
  • Insights into the ways that a world religion can be understood as a factor of both violence and peace.


You will develop the skills needed to:

  • Conduct ‘value based interviews’ and assess the information you receive from those interviewed;
  • Present your findings to an audience comprised of professionals.

For whom:

Bachelor’s and Master’s students interested in Ethics and Theology of War, Non-Violence and Peace and/or interest in the role of religion in international relations.

Taught by: 

This course is taught by Prof. dr. A.H.M. (Fred) van Iersel, Chair for Religion and Ethics in the Context of the Armed Forces at Tilburg and a member of an international research group currently helping the Catholic Church (Vatican) to evaluate its moral doctrine on War, Peace, and Non-Violence.

Course fee:

Free for current Tilburg University students. €500 for external students, future Tilburg University students, alumni and staff.

-10% early bird discount when registering before the 1st of April

- 10% discount for students from partner universities*

This is a one-week course, during which we will explore Catholicism as a case of the theme 'Religion, Peace and Non Violence'. The emphasis is on understanding its social ethics and spirituality. The course provides both a unique insight in faith-based informal diplomacy and provides tools for communication about normative aspects of the theme.

Days 1 and 2 include introductory lectures. You will learn to:

  • Distinguish between several levels of non-violence (skills, institutionalization, ethical dilemmas, spiritual basis and religious /theological sources of non-violence);
  • Understand and discuss the relevance of legitimacy issues related to non-violence;
  • The evening of Day 1 you will be expected to read a book chapter, so please do not schedule anything else that evening.

Day 3 and 4:

  • You  gain exposure to the ‘real world’ of non-violence through interviews with people who play a key role in the promotion of non-violence worldwide and especially in the Benelux;
  • You also take part in interviews with members of the military;
  • These are live interviews, done either in the Benelux in person or via phone with the USA or the Vatican.

Day 5:

You present your results to an audience that includes civilian activists and military. 

Approach and learning goals

  • During this summer school you will complete a variety of assignments:
  • Summary of one book chapter from one of the assigned books;
  • Summary of at least one article about the ethical or spiritual aspects of non-violence;
  • An interpretation of the interview conducted with the military on the basis of this literature review, and the lectures given during the course.
  • The approach is primarily ethical and theological. Prior knowledge in the field of theology/ethics is not required.

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