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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds This week, you have learned about the role religion plays in the present day Europe. You have discussed the role of religion in society and politics of contemporary Europe. You have learned to critically examine secularisation and the idea of a secular Europe. You have developed novel perspectives on a citizen/community relationship, and you are able to articulate a need for a more open and honest debate on the role of religion in Europe. Next week, we turn to modernity. This part of the course can be read in direct opposition or even a negation of Europe of tradition and Europe of religions. You will learn why Europe is often associated with enlightenment, progress, equality, or reason.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 seconds You will see how particular historical encounters of Europeans with social change have formed what Europe is today.

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Dr Senka Neuman-Stanivukovic summarises this week’s discussions on the role of religion in European identity construction. We’ve seen that religion impacts many crucial discussions relating to citizenship, diversity and otherness.

Next week, we’ll be looking into modernity and Europe. Together with an interdisciplinary team from the University of Groningen’s department of European Languages and Cultures, we’ll look at our political systems, literature, nature, inequality and the crisis of European integration.

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