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Undergraduate course

Reformations in Europe

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeRELV236
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

ECTS Credits


Level of Study



Full time

Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

Objectives and Content:

The course aims to provide an overview of the history of Protestant Reformation in Europe, with a focus on selected regions (East-Central Europe, the Nordic countries), processes (denomination-building, Counter-Reformation) and concepts (confessionalization, social discipline, ethno-denominational communities). The course also aims to offer an introduction into the various approaches and currents in Reformation historiography.

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 a general knowledge of European Reformation history, with a focus on the regions mentioned above; a general knowledge of central processes and concepts connected to the Reformation; a general knowledge of major currents in Reformation historiography


The student

  • has the capability of analyzing and drawing conclusions of one¿s own in connection with complex themes
  • has the capability of producing a text in accordance with the relevant rules for academic writing.

General competence:

The student

  • has the ability of working with larger amounts of material within a limited time period, and the ability of synthesizing and presenting it

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

Due to course overlap, students cannot take RELV236 as well as RELV336

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

Approximately 10 lectures (20 hours)

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment

Forms of assessment:

  • Take-home examination (5 days) of approximately 3000 words

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

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

Assessment Semester


There will also be assessment early autumn semester, given that the course is instructed the semester before (spring).

Reading List

The reading list consists of approximately 1200 pages.

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 Religion

Course Coordinator

The Programme Committee for The Study of Religions, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies, and Religion (AHKR)

Course Administrator

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


Contact Information

Study Advisor: studierettleiar@ahkr.uib.no

Administration of examination: eksamen@ahkr.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Take-home examination

    Assignment handed out
    04.05.2020, 09:00
    Submission deadline
    08.05.2020, 13:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam