Netherlands, Nijmegen

Rituals in Life

when 6 August 2018 - 10 August 2018
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 400

All cultures and religions have rituals to mark particular moments in life: birth, life events, and the end of life. In the western secular world, new rituals arise, more or less related to traditional rituals. Through globalization, society becomes a kind of crucible, where different rituals occur next to each other. For example, in (semi-)public organizations such as education, justice, defense and care, professionals are challenged to conduct rituals for participants from different backgrounds.

On the one hand, the course focuses on theoretical knowledge about the phenomenon 'ritual': its origin, structure and meaning, as well as its appearance in different cultures. In addition, attention is given to the design and practice of rituals in various settings and at different moments of life.

Scientists from a lot of disciplines (theology, religious sciences, anthropology and medicine) as well as ritual professionals will contribute to a varied program for all those with a theoretical and / or practical interest in rituals.

Course leader

Wim Smeets
Spiritual Care Department Supervisor
Radboud University Medical Centre

Target group

Advanced Bachelor, Master, PhD. The course examines an important cultural practice – that of rituals – from anthropological, religious and social sciences angles. The course is therefore of interest to students from a range of disciplines, including religious and education professions, health care and welfare professions, and the humanities. A strong emphasis on this course is the development of interdisciplinary ways of thinking and working.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:
1. describe the relevance of rituals in (semi-)public organisations;
2. develop a view on the relevance of rituals for different moments in your own life (history);
3. design and perform rituals in your own professional context;
4. write an essay for the public debate on rituals.

Fee info

EUR 400: The fee includes the registration fees, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.


We offer several reduced fees:
€ 360   early bird discount- deadline 1 April 2018 (10%) 
€ 340   partner + RU discount (15%) 
€ 300   early bird + partner + RU discount (25%)

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