Level of Study
Autumn, but not regularly
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
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.
RELV208 is an optional unit within the Bachelor´s Programme in the Study of Religion.
The student shall by the end of the course have gained the following learning outcome defined in knowledge, skills, and general competence:
- 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.
- 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.
- has practice in handling large quantities of information and literature within a short time period, and in interpreting and presenting information.
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.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
The course is open to all students enrolled in the University of Bergen
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures (approximately 6-10)
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Forms of Assessment
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.
Examination Support Material
You are permitted to use a non-encyclopedic dictionary between your own language and English. You may bring your own dictionary to the exam location. The teacher will check the dictionary at the exam location.
A graded marking scale (A to F) is used. A is the top grade and F means Failed.
Autumn (the 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)
Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies- and Religion (AHKR)