Religion, Heritage, and Generation - Conceptualizing Religion after 9/11

Course · 7.5 credits


The atrocities of 9/11, when 19 hijackers from the Al-Qaeda terrorist network conducted four coordinated attacks that inflicted the heaviest death toll on US soil since the end of the Civil War, sent an unprecedented chock-wave throughout the world. Stock markets plummeted and the George W. Bush administration initiated the international military campaign known as “The War on Terror”.

The terror attacks also triggered religious and spiritual responses, that have not only transformed the ways religion is practiced and understood by practitioners themselves – they also raised interesting, intriguing, and pressing questions for scholars of religion.

During this course some of these questions will be explored from a variety of perspectives and with examples from Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The course will discuss how religious practitioners understand and interpret sacred texts to justify violence, and how religious symbols and thematics in connection to 9/11 are present in popular culture. A theoretical focus in the course will be on the concepts of heritage and generation.

Study Trip – Jerusalem and Istanbul

As a part of the course there will be a voluntary study trip. The study trip 2019 will go to the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul (SRII) and Swedish Theological Institute in Jerusalem (STI). The course will have three meetings in Lund before the study trip: 2, 4 and 9 of September 2019. The study trip will be between 16-29/9, as well as one meeting after the trip, 3 of October. The course will be examined by an oral video presentation. The deadline for the exam is 11 of October. More information about the study trip will be presented in the welcoming letter.

The students will only pay for the airfare to Jerusalem and Istanbul and for visa costs if applied. Accommodation, local travel and most of the meals will be covered by CTR.

More information can be found at

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Application opportunities

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

General and 60 credits academic studies

Selection criteria

Seats are allocated according to: The general average (GPA) of your higher secondary school leaving certificate: 20 %, The Swedish national university aptitude test: 10 %, Previous college/university studies (APGR): 70 %.

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.


Study Options

There are no open applications at the moment.

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
  • Start your application – go to where you create an account and select programmes/courses, during the application period.
  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies.
  • Get all your documents ready: official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants), official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants), passport/ID and proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the adjacent column on this webpage.
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.

*Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus +).
*If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below. 

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 13 750

First payment: SEK 13 750

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

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EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions on the University Admissions website.

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.

Scholarship options at the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations