Recently a new interdisciplinary research field on religion and development has begun to emerge. Against this background, the seminar aims to investigate the contribution of religious communities to processes of sustainable development in different contexts ("community"). Moreover, notions of development with their deep ideological presuppositions ("cosmology") will be critically interrogated. Particular attention will be paid to interrelations and inherent tensions of notions of development in religious communities vis-à-vis (Western) development cooperation. The course is conceptualized as an interdisciplinary research seminar. Students are encouraged to present their own research as well. Part of the seminar is the lecture series "African Independent and Pentecostal Approaches to Theology and Development" in early June. The course is closely related to the Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development (www.rcsd.hu-berlin.de).