Department of Archaeology, History, Culture Studies and Religion (AHKR), Faculty of Humanities, University of Bergen
Mål og innhald
The course will provide familiarity with the Gnostic sources preserved in Coptic and the ability to apply them independently in scholarly work. RRE305 is an elective module in the Religious Roots of Europe Master`s programme
- General knowledge about the so-called Gnostic sources preserved in Coptic and their significance for the study of ancient religions.
- Detailed knowledge about certain representative Gnostic texts studied in Coptic.
- The skill to work independently with this type of texts.
- An understanding of and ability to apply scholarly philological method.
Krav til forkunnskapar
Basic knowledge of Coptic equivalent to RRE304.
Knowledge of Classical Greek is an advantage, but not required.
Krav til studierett
Admission to the Master`s Programme The Religious Roots of Europe
Undervisningsformer og omfang av organisert undervisning
Lectures and seminars
Compulsory participation in the course activities (80 % attendance). A student failing to fulfill these requirements must sit a fixed written exam.
If the student has participated regularly, actively and satisfactorily in a course, she or he may choose between a free and a fixed take-home examination. A student failing to fulfill these requirements must attend a fixed take-home examination.
In the free written take-home examination, the student is given four days to write a paper of between eight and ten pages (3200-4000 words) on a subject, question or material chosen by the student and approved by the responsible teacher.
In the fixed written take-home examination, the student is given four days to write a paper of between eight and ten pages (3200-4000 words) on a subject, question or material provided by the responsible teacher. Papers written for both the free and the fixed take-home examination must have the following form:
- A translation into English of a passage of primary text in an ancient language.
- A commentary on this text.
- A discussion of a question of relevance to the theme of the course based both on the translated text and on other parts of the syllabus.
The syllabus includes secondary literature on Gnosticism and related topics (ca. 350 p.), Gnostic literature in translation (ca. 400 p.) and 30 pages of Coptic text.
The students will evaluate the course according to the system of quality assurance at the University of Bergen.