Religion and Tourism

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeRELV231
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Objectives and Content

Give an introduction to the various ways in which modern tourism acts as a medium for and shapes religion. Special attention will be given to the way in which pilgrimage traditions relate to tourism.

The course provides an understanding of theoretical and methodological aspects of the study of religion and tourism through readings of ethnographical case studies and the collection of relevant primary data that the students themselves must produce and present. The primary data can be attained through fieldwork, interviews, or by collecting texts, and/or images related to the topic.

Subject Overlap

Full overlapp with RELV331

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Approximately 10 lectures, 6 seminars, and 3 hours of supervision per student for the term paper.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

The student is required to present his or her primary data at the seminar. For a description of data, see paragraph "Aim and Content."

Semester of Instruction


Level of Study


Access to the Course

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

Place of Instruction


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students will have acquired:


-Knowledge of various types of relations between religion and tourism

-Knowledge of different theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion and tourism

-Basic knowledge of the history and nature of modern tourism

-Knowledge of chosen pilgrimage traditions and their interconnection with tourism

-Practical knowledge of how to study aspects of the religion-tourism nexus


-Ability to recognise the many ways in which religion is shaped by tourism, and tourism functions as an arena for religion

-Ability to analyse various relations between pilgrimage traditions and tourism and to challenge general preconceptions regarding tourists and pilgrims.

-Ability to analyse academic literature and make independent observations and conclusions

-Ability to write an analytical, coherent and academic text

General competence

-Experience with planning and conducting independent data collection as well as presenting it

-Practical knowledge of how to collect information and data that can be used in research

-Experience with planning and writing an academic text over time

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

Sound knowledge of English

Reading List

The reading list runs to about 1000-1500 pages.

Forms of Assessment

Term essay, 5-6000 words. Essays can be written in English and Norwegian. The essay is to be handed in electronically on My Space (KARK) according to the deadline given on My Space.

Grading Scale

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

Course Evaluation

The course is evaluated according to the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.


Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural studies and Religion


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