University diploma HiSAAR


The creation of the DU HiSAAR is linked to that of the ITI HiSAAR (History, sociology, archaeology and anthropology of religions). From the point of view of the contents and objectives of the training, linked to the research axes/programs envisaged, the DU aims to train specialists in the study of religious traditions with a solid knowledge of literary sources; of the languages, historical events and cultures in which these traditions have been and are expressed, and to enable students to apply their knowledge and use methods of comparison between religious phenomena, in order to approach with critical rigor and competence the complex intercultural context of past and contemporary societies.


The training activities of the ITI in particular aim to provide students with an instrument for orienting themselves in religious phenomena in their historical, cultural, socio-political (identity/alterity and religion and politics axes) and anthropological (ritual practices, belief objects axis) dimensions, and in a field widely present in contemporary society and culture, such as that of cultural diversity and, within it, the diversity between men and women, determined by religious traditions (sex, gender and religions axis). The methodological approach of the ITI, based on the interdisciplinarity evident in many of the master's courses attached to it, and practiced by its principal actors, is profoundly innovative, because, providing a variety of methodological tools, it allows for an interdisciplinary and integrated analysis of religious facts.


A unique training offer

The training offered by HiSAAR integrates a large number of religious systems as well as historical or contemporary themes such as religious plurality, the recomposition of religious identities, the state regulation of religion, secularism or the processes of radicalization. This training of scientific excellence, offered to master's students and doctoral candidates, will be sanctioned by the HiSAAR University Diploma.


In the field of university training, the ITI HiSAAR will propose per year: 10 semi-annual training seminars according to the themes of the 5 research axes, several summer and winter universities of 3 to 4 days with the aim of putting into practice the different methodologies specific to the human sciences concerned (history, sociology, archaeology, anthropology) in an interdisciplinary dimension, as well as one-day master classes aiming at exposing scientific methodology (history, sociology, archaeology, anthropology) through a precise case study.


In order to allow the various recipients - master and doctoral students belonging to different units of the University of Strasbourg or attached to other national or international universities partners of the ITI - to join this training of excellence, the training received will be valued in their university studies (Master / Doctorate) by obtaining a University Diploma HiSAAR, labeled ITI. The validation of this University Diploma will thus allow all the students concerned to obtain an international valorization and international visibility of their training course of excellence within this ITI.

The methodological approach of the ITI, based on the interdisciplinarity evident in many of the master's courses attached to it, and practiced by its principal actors, is profoundly innovative, because, providing a variety of methodological tools, it allows for an interdisciplinary and integrated analysis of religious facts. The perspective of this ITI, in fact, combines an in-depth knowledge of the historical and cultural development of the great religions from Antiquity to the present day with the direct reading of texts and therefore specific linguistic-philological knowledge concerning the founding texts of religions and the consequent doctrinal production crystallized in the different traditions (text, intertextuality and tradition axis), with phenomenology and sociology of religions, with ethno-anthropological disciplines and with archaeological research.


The seminar training/research activities thus introduce the student to the practice of an intelligent comparison of different religious traditions through the study of major common themes, conducted under the guidance of coordinated scholars. The integrated approach will allow for the study of a plurality of historically similar religious traditions, studied through their sources and in the links that connect them to the broader socio-cultural context in which they emerged, matured, and endured or disappeared.


The expected results of this training in terms of transversal competences are :

- To know and understand the methodologies and techniques necessary for the study of the great monotheistic religions, the religions of the Mediterranean area and the classical world, the religions of Asia and those of ethnological interest and the classical world, Asian religions and those of ethnological interest.

- To have the ability to analyze religious facts by considering different disciplinary approaches: textual analysis, cultural anthropology, social history, comparative history of religions and archaeology.

- To know and understand the historical and cultural identity as well as the sacred texts and exegetical traditions of the great world religions.

- To acquire the skills of research, also in autonomy, in the field of sciences related to religious phenomena, of elaboration of solutions to new or unfamiliar problems, even if new or unfamiliar problems, even in interdisciplinary contexts.

- To know how to manage the complexity of knowledge, also independently, as well as to elaborate observations and formulate evaluations, in relation to the cultural and social impact of the religious factor, with particular attention to the study and plurality of ethical and legal orders present in contemporary society contemporary society.

- To acquire the communicative skills necessary to transmit clearly and unambiguously, to both specialized and non-specialized interlocutors, the method and results of the the method and the results of scientific research on religions.


Career opportunities / Further studies

The final objective of this DU is to build a coherent ITI student profile that can evolve from the master's degree to the doctorate.

Students who validate the DU ITI HiSAAR will be able to apply for a three-year doctoral scholarship, financed by the ITI HiSAAR, attached to one of the doctoral schools federated in the institute: these scholarships will be put out to tender from 2022 to 2026. The contracts that will be awarded will concern the mention in "Interdisciplinary Studies in History, Sociology, Archaeology and Anthropology of Religion". Obtaining this HiSAAR DU will therefore be mandatory to apply for a doctoral HiSAAR fellowship.

Moreover, the training received in the DU, fully followed, will be formally certified to doctoral students coming from the associated EDs in their final diploma, in the form of a high level complementary training, and for people in continuous training, the DU HiSAAR will also be an added value in their training and in the evolution of their professional career.
As far as professional opportunities are concerned, graduates will be able to use this specialization of their training in a master's/doctorate, particularly in

     the fields of research, communication, training, related to religious issues, (historical, philosophical, linguistic-literary, social), being endowed with functional competences in the acquisition, critical elaboration and transmission of humanistic-religious knowledge, and in the analysis of specific problems of multi-religious and multi-faith social contexts.

    activities of experts in religious phenomena, inter-religious relations, multiculturalism, intercultural mediation in the specific problems of multi-religious social contexts.

    functional training in the transmission of humanistic - historical and literary knowledge, with particular attention to the completion of the skills necessary for the teaching profession.

     communication activities related to the religious fields, and editorial collaboration at different levels (activity of support to collection in the fields of religions, collaborations with newspapers and magazines interested in these fields, participation in radio and television programs, editorial activities for new media...).


Semester structure of the DU HiSAAR


The structure of the DU HiSAAR training can be detailed as follows for each of the four semesters:

Teaching units (UE)                              Activities        Equivalent teaching hours
UE1Winter school-Summer school*24h
UE3Training Seminar 1**12h
UE4Training Seminar 2**12h


* The winter and summer schools will take place in even and odd semesters respectively.
** Regarding the seminars - eight in total over two years - students will choose one of the five axes of UE3 to specialize in a relevant field - that is to say four seminars related to the same axis over two years -, and will enroll in the seminar of their choice among the five remaining axes of UE4.
This program will include a total volume of 54 equivalent teaching hours for each semester and 216 equivalent teaching hours over the two years.