Undergraduate course

Religion and Science

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeRELV213
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The objective of the course is to provide the student with a basic understanding of different relations between religion and science, especially in the modern and early modern world, and of some methods and theoretical perspectives used in the analysis of these relations.

The course unit can be studied at 200 and 300 level, and it can be included as an independent unit in a Bachelor's or a Master's Programme.

Learning Outcomes

When the course requirements have been fulfilled, the student will have achieved the following:


Basic knowledge of various types of relations between religion and science, especially in modern and early modern Europe, but also in selected other societies acquaintance with some methods and methodological problems and a selection of theoretical perspectives used for the analysis of religion and science, capability of putting the knowledge about religion and science in relation to the history of religions in general, and challenging general preconceptions on religion and science and their interplay.


Capability of:

analysing a complex theme and of drawing conclusions on one┬┐s own, critically examining cases, theories and methods,

and writing a coherent analytical text, thereby demonstrating a capacity for using the norms and techniques of academic writing.

General competence

Practice in handling large quantities of information and literature within a short time period, and of interpreting and presenting information.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

The student should have a sound knowledge of English since the course literature and the lectures are in English.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

Full overlap with RELV313

Access to the Course

Open access for all students who are matriculated at the University of Bergen.

The exam unit is open to students without study rights after an application to the Faculty of Humanities.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Approximately 10 lectures/seminars, totally 20 hours.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment

The examination consists of one assigned book review of 1,000 words (20%), two assigned essays of 2,000 words each (each 20%), and one final essay of 4,000 words (40%).

Examination is only possible in terms when the course is taught.

The exam unit is open to students without study rights after an application to the Faculty of Humanities.

Grading Scale

A graded marking scale (A to F) is used. A is the best grade and F means Failed.

Reading List

The reading list runs to about 1000-1500 pages.

Course Evaluation

In connection with the continuous work of improving education, the Institute organizes evaluations of curriculum and teaching with feedback from the students. The results of the evaluations will be the basis of modifications of syllabus, course list, curriculum and teaching.


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