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SUMMER 2020 : MOOC on Interreligious Dialogue (IRD)

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Self-Paced Online Course
Free of Charge
Number of Modules
5 Modules
Programme Area
Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution
Till September
Start Dates
Starts Upon Registration
Learning Time
3 hours per week
Application Deadline
No Certificates
Course closing date: 
31 Aug, 2020

While interreligious dialogue benefits from being a scientific field of study, it also enjoys great applied capacity for everyday human life, within all contexts and for all situations. If the importance of interreligious dialogue may have been questioned twenty years ago, nowadays its necessity has become obvious, and many would argue even urgent.  The practice of using interreligious dialogue (IRD) for building social cohesion, peace and reconciliation is rapidly emerging as a necessary tool for the twenty-first century education tool-box.

In this context, and with regards to the need to fill the existing lack of accredited academic online courses on interreligious dialogue, KAICIID has developed this Online Course on “Using Interreligious Dialogue (IRD) to Strengthen Peace, Reconciliation and Social Cohesion”.

The administered version of this course is made of 8 modules with mandatory activities and tailor-made tutoring. The course will resume in September. For this summer, we have created a MOOC version comprising the 8 modules into 5, essentially knowledge-based and offering greater flexibility in terms of learning speed.


Specific objectives:

  • To provide basic knowledge and skills on IRD and historical information on interreligious dialogue in the five major religions of the world (Judaism, Christianity,  Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism) and clarify the geopolitical aspects of the concerned religions;
  • To present the various elements of interreligious conflicts through real examples and case studies;
  • To explain how to use key theories, models and methods in interreligious dialogue as scientific tools in a given conflict situation, and illustrate the diversity and the complexity of the factors and elements that play a part in interreligious dialogue;
  • To explain and analyze the roles and interactions of different elements in a given interreligious conflict situation, and analyzing them with a critical mind;

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and utilize the IRD concepts, tools and methodologies;
  • Identify initiatives and best practices on how to treat Religiophobia in their countries and local communities
  • Enhance their knowledge on Conceptual Landscape of Dialogue
  • Understand the concepts and models of using IRD for Peacebuilding
  • Encouraging civic responsibility through assignments stimulating diverse encounters not always happening in regular daily life;
  • Setting new standards on the education on interreligious dialogue as a new scientific field;
Content and Structure

Module 1: Key Concepts in Interreligious Dialogue
(Dr. Patrice Brodeur / University of Montreal)

Module 2: Ethics and Key Theories in Interreligious Dialogue
(Dr. Scherto Gill / University of Sussex)

Module 3: Using Interreligious Dialogue to Reduce Religiophobia
(Dr. Joan Hernandez-Serret / ISCREB)

Module 4: Interreligious Dialogue in Virtual Communities and Social Networks
(Dr. Javier Bustamante / Complutense University of Madrid)

Module 5: Interfaith Peace and Dialogue Models: From Harmony to Liberation
(Dr. Mohammed Abu-Nimer / American University, Washington DC.)


In order to ensure the best possible outreach, the course will be delivered through e-learning, in the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) format. Through a multiple-instructional setting, the goal is to achieve the learning objectives by means of learning technologies that match personal learning styles and by the inclusion of non-linear learning that aims at the development of just-in-time skills of adult learners. At the same time, in order to allow participants maximum flexibility of scheduling, the learning will be conducted in an asynchronous manner.

Using a state-of-the-art training architecture, KAICIID Dialogue Knowledge Hub (DKH) will combine quizzes and self-learning tests with traditional course materials, such as filmed lectures, readings and case studies.

The pedagogy - adapted specifically to professionals in full-time work is specifically tailored to help train participants through various experiences: absorb (read); do (activity); interact (socialize); reflect (relate to one’s own reality).

Targeted Audience

This course is specifically designed for today's global leaders, including policymakers, UN agencies and religious leaders and institutions.

Additional Information


The DKH is a first-of-its kind virtual platform, provides high quality, relevant e-learning and training solutions, as well as knowledge tools and networking opportunities. All DKH online courses on IRD are linked with global initiatives and development goals for sustainable peace, with a specific focus on UN Sustainable Development Goal #16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions).


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