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Interreligious Dialogue in Virtual Communities and Social Networks

Self-Paced E-Learning Course
Free of Charge
Number of modules
Programme area
Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution.
1 week
Start dates
Starts Upon Registration
Learning time
3 hours per week
Application deadline
Certificate Awarded
Course Description

In a world which faces constant unrest and conflict, information technology is becoming increasingly relevant – especially for daily life. While face-to-face dialogue is restricted to local communities, today’s digital tools such as the internet and social media can bring people together from around the world. Interreligious dialogue can particularly benefit from an intelligent and positive use of digital tools, building diverse, online communities through a lively, global interfaith discourse. This course explores the religious phenomenon on virtual communities and social networks, as well as the impact of social media on interreligious dialogue. It also looks at the achievements interreligious dialogue has made in the digital world, as well as the potential challenges to be confronted.

Learning Objectives
  • The impact of the Internet on interreligious dialogue issues, achievements and challenges 
  • The religious phenomenon on virtual communities and social networks
  • Digital citizenship and faith: technology-mediated communication 
  • Technology-mediated communication
Course Design and Methodology

This interactive digital course is specifically designed for busy professionals who do not have time to take the longer, moderated eight-module  course on 'Using Interreligious Dialogue to Strengthen Peace, Reconciliation and Social Cohesion'. They can now select the relevant thematic topics and modules and learn on the go. Administered through a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform, this short course takes around three hours to complete, and, using a phone or a computer, can be taken anywhere, anytime, and at a suitable pace. 


Target Audience

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

Hardware and Software Requirements

Modern and updated browsers.

About KAICIID Courses

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 toolbox. KAICIID e-learning courses build the capacities of global leaders to address a number of today's  most pressing challenges by using IRD to establish ethical policymaking frameworks, support peace processes, and address discrimination and religiophobia at national and local levels. The courses are part of an ongoing collaboration with renowned universities such as The Universite de Montreal, the Complutense University of Madrid, and the Institut Superior de Ciencies Religioses de Barcelona.


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