Samisk religion

  • Studiepoeng15
  • UndervisingssemesterHaust
  • EmnekodeRELV308
  • Talet på semester1
  • SpråkEnglish
  • Ressursar


Studiepoeng, omfang


Studienivå (studiesyklus)



Full time


Autumn, but not regularly



Mål og innhald

The aim of the course is to give an introduction to the history of Sami religion with emphasis on the indigenous religion, but the process of religious change, different forms of Sami Christianity, and Sami religiosity today are also dealt with. RELV308 is an optional unit within the Master´s Programme in the Study of Religion.


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


The student

  • has deeper knowledge about Sami religion, Pre-Christian as well as Christian, about important rituals and narratives, about central ideas and concepts, and about the interplay between religion and the rest of culture.
  • has knowledge about some theoretical perspectives used in the study of Sami religion.
  • has knowledge about new and earlier research and about important scholarly issues relevant for the study of Sami religion.


The student

  • has the capability of analysing subject-matters in English and of drawing conclusions on one's own.
  • has the capability of critically examining theories and methods used in the study of Sami religion.
  • has the capability of writing a coherent analytical text about Sami religion, thereby demonstrating a capacity for using the norms and techniques of academic writing.

General competence

The student

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

Krav til forkunnskapar


Tilrådde forkunnskapar

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


RELV308 overlaps with RELV208, and the two courses cannot be combined. If combined, the outcome of credits will be reduced with 15 ECTS credits.

Krav til studierett

Admission to a Master´s Programme.

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Lectures (approximately 6-10)

Obligatorisk undervisningsaktivitet



Written school exam (up to 3000 words) of 6 hours

The test consists of an essay as well as 10 questions to be answered briefly.  The 10 questions count as 20% and the essay as 80% of the total score.

Hjelpemiddel til eksamen

You are permitted to bring a non-encyclopedic dictionary between your own language and English at the examination. The dictionnary will be checked by a teacher. 


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


Autumn (semesters of instruction).

There will also be assessment early in the spring semester following the semester of instruction.


The reading list runs to about 1000-1500 pages. The reading list is published by June 1st for the autumn semester and by December 1st for the spring semester.


The course unit will be evaluated regularly.


The Programme Committee for The Study of Religions


The Programme Committee for The Study of Religions, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies- and Religion (AHKR)

Administrativt ansvarleg

Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies- and Religion (AHKR)