Undergraduate course

Religion and Tourism

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeRELV231
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Level of Study


Teaching semester

Autumn (not offered autumn 2017)

Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

Give an introduction to the various ways in which modern tourism acts as a medium for and shapes religion. Special attention will be given to the way in which pilgrimage traditions relate to tourism.

The course provides an understanding of theoretical and methodological aspects of the study of religion and tourism through readings of ethnographical case studies and the collection of relevant primary data that the students themselves must produce and present. The primary data can be attained through fieldwork, interviews, or by collecting texts, and/or images related to the topic.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students will have acquired:


-Knowledge of various types of relations between religion and tourism

-Knowledge of different theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion and tourism

-Basic knowledge of the history and nature of modern tourism

-Knowledge of chosen pilgrimage traditions and their interconnection with tourism

-Practical knowledge of how to study aspects of the religion-tourism nexus


-Ability to recognise the many ways in which religion is shaped by tourism, and tourism functions as an arena for religion

-Ability to analyse various relations between pilgrimage traditions and tourism and to challenge general preconceptions regarding tourists and pilgrims.

-Ability to analyse academic literature and make independent observations and conclusions

-Ability to write an analytical, coherent and academic text

General competence

-Experience with planning and conducting independent data collection as well as presenting it

-Practical knowledge of how to collect information and data that can be used in research

-Experience with planning and writing an academic text over time

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

Sound knowledge of English

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

Full overlapp with RELV331

Access to the Course

Open access for all students who are matriculated at the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

Approximately 10 lectures, 6 seminars, and 3 hours of supervision per student for the term paper.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

The student is required to present his or her primary data at the seminar. For a description of data, see paragraph "Aim and Content."

Forms of Assessment

Term essay, 5-6000 words. Essays can be written in English and Norwegian. The essay is to be handed in electronically on Mitt UiB (KARK) according to the deadline given on Mitt UiB.

Grading Scale

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

Reading List

The reading list runs to about 1000-1500 pages.

Course Evaluation

The course is evaluated according to the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.


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