Postgraduate course


Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The student shall acquire and deepen their knowledge of selected aspects of Hinduism past and present and develop ability to think and argue critically about issues in the academic study of the Hindu traditions. Special focus is on pilgrimage traditions, goddess traditions, Yoga, the social contexts and modern interpretations.

Learning Outcomes

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

Thorough knowledge about regional and local plurality of Hindu traditions and textual foundation of Hindu traditions and academic traditions of the study of these empirical realities.

Detailed knowledge of the emergence of various ritual and theological traditions and Hinduism as a religious practice and a religious identity, and of modern interpretations and academic traditions of the study of these empirical realities.

Ability to think and argue critically about issues in the academic study of the Hindu traditions,

Ability to analyse academic texts and draw own conclusions,

Ability to compose texts based on reasoning,

Experience with communicating information and theories and to address problems and solution about the subject in written and oral communication

General competence
The student should be able to communicate problems, analyses and conclusions within this field of knowledge and argue critically about issues in this academic study.

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.

Access to the Course

Admission to a Master¿s Programme at the University of Bergen is required for RELV324.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Lectures, normally 10 lectures of 2 hours.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment

A six hours school exam in either English or Scandinavian.

Grading Scale

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

Subject Overlap

Full overlap with RELV224

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.

Course Administrator

Department of Archaeology, History, Culture Studies and Religion (AHKR)

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    23.05.2018, 09:00
    6 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam