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Specialization Course with Term paper

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeRELV202SEM
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian or English
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Level of Study


Teaching semester

Autumn and spring, but not regularly

Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content


The course aims to provide that the student will attain in-depth knowledge in a specific historical or systematical area.


Provided that the course is being offered in the respective semester, the student has the possibility to choose one of possibly several alternative topics, such as a specialization in a specific religion or religious phenomenon, or in a systematical or theoretical topic.

See description of the topic here.

Learning Outcomes

The student shall by the end of the course have gained the following learning outcome defined in knowledge, skills, and general competence:


The student

  • has in-depth knowledge about the topic
  • has knowledge about the topic's history, traditions and characteristic
  • has knowledge on central issues and questions concerning the topic


The student

  • can analyse relevant literature and draw own conclusions
  • can examine current theories, methods and interpretations in connection with the topic
  • can find relevant specialized information
  • can write a reflective text on the topic
  • can present on specialized topics in an academic setting

General competence:

The student

  • has general competence on the topic
  • has experience in developing specific research questions, analyses and conclusions related to the topic

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

Passed examinations in RELV101 and at least one other 100-level course are strongly recommended.

Other recommended precious knowledge, may be specified in the description of the respective course alternatives.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

Due to course overlap, students can not take RELV202SEM as well as RELV302SEM, same topic. If combined, the outcome of credits will be reduced with 15 ECTS credits.

Access to the Course

The course is open to students enrolled in the University of Bergen

Teaching and learning methods

In addition to lectures and seminars, the course can be taught in the form of individual student supervision

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment

The exam has two parts:

- a supervised term paper (about 6000 words) (a minimum of one supervision)
- an adjusting oral examination

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

A grading scale from A to F is used, where F is the failing grade.

Assessment Semester

Examination is given in semesters of instruction.

Students who can document illness at the time for the examination, are allowed to take the examination in the first following semester (semester without instruction)

Reading List

The reading list is compiled by the department and comprises around 1000-1500 pages. Teaching and examination are based on the reading list.

The reading list is published by June 1st for the autumn semester and by December 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

The course unit will be evaluated regularly.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee for The Study of Religions

Course Coordinator

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

Course Administrator

Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies- and Religion