Level of Study
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
Objectives and Content:
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire and deepen their knowledge of selected aspects of Hinduism past and present. Special focus is on pilgrimage traditions, goddess traditions, Yoga, the social contexts and modern interpretations.
The student shall by the end of the course have gained the following learning outcome defined in knowledge, skills, and general competence:
- has thorough knowledge about regional and local plurality of Hindu traditions and textual foundation of Hindu traditions and academic traditions of the study of these empirical realities.
- has detailed knowledge of the emergence of various ritual and theological traditions and Hinduism as a religious practice and a religious identity, and of modern interpretations and academic traditions of the study of these empirical realities.
- has the ability to think and argue critically about issues in the academic study of the Hindu traditions,
- has the ability to analyse academic texts and draw own conclusions,
- has ability to compose texts based on reasoning,
- has experience with communicating information and theories, and to address problems concerning the topic as well as their solution about the subject in written and oral communication
- has the ability to communicate problems, analyses and conclusions within this field of knowledge and argue critically about issues in this academic study.
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
If combined, the outcome of credits will be reduced with 15 ECTS credits.
Access to the Course
Admission to a Master¿s Programme at the University of Bergen is required for RELV324.
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, normally 10 lectures of 2 hours.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Forms of Assessment
Form of assessment:
- School exam (written) of 6 hours
NB. Please note spring semester 2021, the written school examination is replaced by a 3-day take-home examination due to the corona virus.
Examination Support Material
If the course is given in English, a dictionary (without any notes in it) between your own language and English is permitted (for example, a German-English-German or a French-English-French dictionary). You may bring your dictionary to the exam location. The teacher will check the dictionary at the exam location before you are allowed to use it
A graded marking scale (A to F) is used. A is the top grade and F means Failed.
This grading scale is also used spring 2020.
Full overlap with RELV224
There will also be assessment early autumn semester (only for students with valid mandatory course requirements, if any), given that the course is instructed the semester before.
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.
The course unit will be evaluated regularly.
The Programme Committee for The Study of Religions
The Programme Committe for The Study of Religion, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies, and Religion (AHKR)
Department of Archaeology, History, Culture Studies, and Religion (AHKR)
Type of assessment: Take-home examination
- Assignment handed out
- 03.05.2021, 09:00
- Submission deadline
- 05.05.2021, 13:00
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam