Through this course students will be introduced to the interaction of religion and diplomacy. Students will achieve a basic knowledge of the main categories, strategies and tools mobilised by experts and actors when dealing with the interaction of religion and diplomacy. They will gain awareness of the interaction of religion with State to State diplomacy, as well as with public diplomacy and cultural diplomacy. Students will familiarize themselves with the following four frames of reference: 1) religious diplomacy, violence and peace; 2) religious diplomacy and development; 3) Religious diplomacy, separation, establishment and religious engagement; 4) Religious diplomacy and freedom of religion or belief.
After the course students should be able to recognize and evaluate the implications of the interaction of religion and diplomacy. Also they should be able to take and defend a position related to religious claims and tensions in the global arena. The course should enable students to assess the religious implications of diplomacy, while equipping them to fruitfully engage in further education in the field of public and cultural diplomacy on the one hand, and the study of religion and belief on the other.