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Postgraduate course

Sami Religion

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeRELV308
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish.
  • Resources

Level of Study


Teaching semester

Autumn, but not regularly

Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

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.

RELV308 is an optional unit within the Master´s Programme in the Study of Religion

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 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.


The student

  • 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.

General competence:

The student

  • 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

Due to course overlap, students can not take RELV308 as well as RELV208.

If combined, the outcome of credits will be reduced with 15 ECTS credits.

Access to the Course

Admission to a Master´s Programme is required for RELV308.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures (approximately 6-10)

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment

Form of assessment:

  • School exam (written) of 6 hours

The test consists of an essay as well as 10 questions to be answered briefly. Both the essay and the questions have to fill a minimum requirement for the student to pass the exam. The minimum requirement for the questions is 5 points (each of the 10 questions can give 0, 0,5 or 1 point). The 10 questions count as 20% and the essay as 80% of the total score.

Examination Support Material

Permitted aid on the RELV308 exam: a dictionary (without any notes in it) between your own language and English (for example, a German-English-German or a French-English-French dictionary).

You may bring your dictionary to the exam location. The teacher

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 spring semester (only for students with valid mandatory course requirements, if any), given that the course is instructed the semester before.

Reading List

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.

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 (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

  • Spring 2020 written exams will not be arranged on campus. Please see course information on MittUiB.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam