Masterprogram The Religious Roots of Europe


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The aim of the Programme is to educate candidates with a high degree of specialisation in the overall subject of the Programme: the Religious Roots of Europe, i.e. Judaism, Christianity and Islam in their formative periods. The three religions have traditionally been studied more or less separately. Several master´s programmes exist in Christianity or Christian theology as well as in Judaism, Islam and religious studies. In contrast to these individual master´s programmes, the aspiration of the present Programme is to study the three religions together in their formative periods from a comparative perspective. Such a comprehensive study will enhance our under¬¬standing of contemporary Nordic, European and Western culture and identity, since the three religions interacting with each other have had a profound influence on the development of European culture and society. For centuries, Christianity has been the dominant majority religion; as minority religions, Judaism and Islam have been seen as the `other' against which Christian European identity has been shaped.

The three religious traditions are studied in their formative periods from a comparative perspective. Religious phenomena central to all three traditions, such as doctrines, rituals, canonical texts, myths and religious institutions are studied along with the relationship of the three religions to society, politics, law and ethics. Other topics that may be studied as part of the Programme include ideas of martyrdom, justification or condemnation of war, asceticism, religious authorities, gender issues and different strategies for interpreting authoritative religious texts - from literal to allegorical interpretative strategies. These and similar issues are studied using different approaches, including those drawn from history, anthropology, the social sciences, literature and philology.

Kva lærer eg


Building on the bachelor degrees of the students, this Master´s Programme aims for the students to acquire:

- Advanced knowledge about the religious traditions at the root of European culture in their formative periods.

- A deeper understanding of the formative processes of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the parallels and differences between the three traditions, and the interaction of their followers.

- The ability to apply and use relevant scholarly methods and to understand and describe these theoretically.

- Skills to communicate their knowledge of the subject matter and their theoretical insights and to transmit the acquired methods to others, both orally and in writing.

- The ability to enter into more specialised occupations, to participate in innovative scholarly work and to qualify for further education, e.g. in PhD-programmes.

- The tools to evaluate critically the role of the three religions in contemporary society.


Delstudium i utlandet

Student mobility is an essential and integrated part of the Programme. Travel and accommodation are financed by the students. These extra expenses will be in the order of EUR 3500 for the two years of study. The Host Institutions will endeavour to provide students with information on possibilities of obtaining financial support for travel.

Korleis søke


The Master´s Programme is open to students with a bachelor's degree with a major in theology, the study of religion, classical philology, classical archaeology, history or the equivalent. The Master´s Programme with its modules and courses progresses from the learning outcome, knowledge, skills and abilities obtained by the students through these bachelor programmes. Since the Study Plan presupposes an ability to read ancient religious texts in the original languages - and aims at training students further in this respect - but not all the mentioned bachelor degree programmes include compulsory ancient language training, it is specified as a prerequisite for admittance to the Programme that the applicant document a proficiency in at least one of the following ancient languages: Greek, Latin, Hebrew or Arabic, which equals the proficiency achieved by studying such a language in a module allotted 20 ECTS credits.

Alternatively, a student can be admitted if she or he can document a proficiency in two of these ancient languages which equals the proficiency achieved by studying each of these languages in a module allotted 10 ECTS credits each.

The language of the Programme is English. Therefore it is a final prerequisite for

admittance that an applicant can document proficiency in English at the level required by the Host Institution where the applicant is applying.


Masterprogram i Religious Roots of Europe (krav 120 SP)
Masterprogram i Religious Roots of Europe - kursdel (krav 90 SP)
Obligatorisk emne
1.semester Method and Theory 5 ECTS
1.semester Options: Interaction, text, language 10 ECTS
1.semester The Emergence of Judaism, Christianity & Islam 10 ECTS
2.semester Interactions between the religions 10 ECTS
2.semester Options: Interactions, text, language 10 ECTS
2.semester Text from a particular religion 10 ECTS
3.semester Interaction between the religions 10 ECTS
3.semester Thesis Colloguium, methology and theory 10 ECTS
3.semester The three religions in contemporary perspective 10 ECTS
Obligatorisk emne
RRE301Religion and society in the ancient world51–6
RRE302Holy Scriptures101–6
RRE303Thesis Colloquium101–6
RRE305Gnostiske tekstar på koptisk101–6
RRE307The Study of Ancient Religions101–6
Masterprogram i Reglious Roots of Europe -oppgave (krav 30 SP)
Obligatorisk emne
4.semester Master`s thesis 30 ECTS
Obligatorisk emne
RRE340Religious Roots of Europe Master`s Thesis301–63
SP = Studiepoeng, S = Semester, A = Anbefalt semester

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