Postgraduate course

Selected themes in Religious Studies. Assisted reading with term paper

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeRELV310
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish, French, German, Italian or Spanish
  • Resources

Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The object of the course is for the student to become familiar with a given topic in the religious studies.

A supervisor will be assigned by the director of program (fagkoordinator), and based on the fields of interest of the respective student and his/her previous education a theme will be selected for the course.

The supervisor then assigns a reading list; the student reports regularly on the reading process. The course materials are discussed with the supervisor who also decides on the topic for the term paper.

Learning Outcomes


Appropriate knowledge of the selected theme


Capability of:

analysing a complex theme and of drawing conclusions on one¿s own,

critically examining theories and methods, and

writing a coherent analytical text, thereby demonstrating a capacity for using the norms and techniques of academic writing.

General competence

Practice in handling large quantities of information and literature within a short time period, and of interpreting and presenting information.

Required Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

Will be considered individually when selecting a theme

Access to the Course

Access for all exchange students on master level at the University of Bergen

Teaching and learning methods

 Regular supervision meetings, normally at least three

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Approved reading list and compulsory participation in supervision meetings (at least three meetings) Compulsory units are valid only for the term the term paper is handed in, see Assessment methods.

Forms of Assessment

Term paper (5000-6000 words). Papers below or above the required word limit cannot receive a pass. A graded marking scale (A to F) is used. Examinations are held each term.

Grading Scale

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

Reading List

Reading list of around 1000-1500 pages

Course Evaluation

In line with the continuous work of improving education, the Institute organizes evaluations of curriculum and teaching with feedback from the students. The results of the evaluations will be the basis of modifications of curriculum and teaching.


Contact Information


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Term paper

    Examination system
    Digital exam