Religion and Media
Level of Study
Spring, but not regularly
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
The objective of the course is to provide the student with a basic understanding of different relations between religion and media, especially in the contemporary world, and of some methods and theoretical perspectives used in the analysis of these relations.
RELV230 is an optional unit within the Bachelor Programme in the Study of Religions.
The student shall by the end of the course have gained the following learning outcome defined in knowledge, skills, and general competence:
- has basic knowledge of relations between religion and various types of media, both in an historical and contemporary context.
- is acquainted with some methods and theories used for the analysis of religion and media, as well as critical perspectives related to these.
- has the capability of putting the knowledge about religion and media in relation to the history of religions in general.
- has the capability of challenging general preconceptions on religion, media and their interplay.
- has the capability of analysing a complex theme and of drawing conclusions of one's own, critically examining cases, theories and methods.
- has the capability of writing a coherent analytical text, 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 of 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 students enrolled in the University of Bergen
Teaching and learning methods
Approximately 10 lectures/seminars, totally 20 hours
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Forms of Assessment
The examination consists of one assigned essay of about 1500 words (30%) and one final essay of about 6000 words (70%). Both must be passed in order to pass the course.
A graded marking scale (A to F) is used. A is the top grade and F means Failed.
Examination is only possible in terms when the course is taught.
The reading list consists of 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.