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Postgraduate course

Religion and Science

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeRELV313
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Level of Study


Teaching semester

Autumn, but not regularly

Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

Objectives and Content:

The objective of the course is to provide the student with a basic understanding of different relations between religion and science, especially in the modern and early modern world, and of some methods and theoretical perspectives used in the analysis of these relations.

RELV313 is an optional unit within the Master's Programme in the Study of Religions.

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 basic knowledge of various types of relations between religion and science, especially in modern and early modern Europe, but also in selected other societies
  • has acquaintance with some methods and methodological problems and a selection of theoretical perspectives used for the analysis of religion and science
  • has the capability of putting the knowledge about religion and science in relation to the history of religions in general and challenging general preconceptions on religion and science and their interplay


The student

  • has the capability of analysing a complex theme and of drawing conclusions on 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

General competence:

The student

  • 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

Due to course overlap, students can not take RELV313 as well as RELV213.

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 RELV313.

Teaching and learning methods

Approximately 10 lectures/seminars, totally 20 hours.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment

Form of assessment:

  • Portfolio assessment consisting of one assigned book review of 1,000 words (20%), two assigned essays of 2,000 words each (each 20%), and one final essay of 4,000 words (40%).

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

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

Assessment Semester


Examination is only possible in Semesters of Instruction

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