Religion og vitskap

  • Studiepoeng15
  • UndervisingssemesterHaust
  • EmnekodeRELV313
  • Talet på semester1
  • SpråkEnglish 
  • Ressursar

Studienivå (studiesyklus)






Mål og innhald

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.  


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.  

Tilrådde forkunnskapar

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

Krav til studierett

 Admission to a Master¿s Programme is required for RELV313.

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Approximately 10 lectures/seminars, totally 20 hours.

Obligatorisk undervisningsaktivitet



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.  


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

Fagleg overlapp

Full overlap with RELV213


The reading list runs to about 1000-1500 pages.


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. 

Administrativt ansvarleg

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