Under the leadership of the institute, a steering committee has been developing an MA programme in Reconciliation and Social Cohesion.  Straddling the faculties of the humanities, law, education, theology, and the natural and economic sciences, it explores the social dynamics of human relations as intrinsically linked to development and sustainable democracy.

The purpose, outcomes, and curriculum of the Master of Reconciliation and Social Cohesion are closely tied to the university’s strategic direction both in terms of the Academic and Human Projects. Though the justification, or rationale, of the degree incorporates epistemological, political, cultural, socioeconomic, and broader academic considerations, this degree is undoubtedly located within the university’s strategic vision.

The master's degree in Reconciliation and Social Cohesion will be coordinated by the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice at the UFS and be administered through the Faculty of Theology.


This programme develops an inter-disciplinary research approach to the social, ethical, political, and theological aspects of reconciliation and social cohesion. In the first semester, students enrol for two (30-credit) compulsory modules that focus on research:

  • Theoretical and epistemological frames (Discourse and Disruptions)
  • Researching reconciliation and social cohesion.

In the second semester, students choose three (20-credit) modules out of four available electives:

  • Dignity and difference and the challenges relating to reconciliation and social cohesion
  • Justice, democracy, and wellness
  • Mourning, forgiveness, trauma, and memory
  • Public theology and liberating justice OR The liturgies of a life together.

In the second year, students will complete a 90-credit research dissertation. The MA (Reconciliation and Social Cohesion) will be offered from January 2016. 

All applicants can contact Joseph Besigye for more information.

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