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 regarding spring semester 2020: In order to minimize spread of the corona virus, the 6-hours school examam (written) has been replaced by a written examination that takes place from home. Students get an addition of 2 hours (1/3 of the ordinary duration for the school exam) to complete their examination, which means that students have in total 8 hours to complete the examination.
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)
For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. Autumn 2020 written exams will be arranged either at home or on campus. Please see course information on MittUiB.
Type of assessment: Written examination at home
- 26.05.2020, 09:00
- 8 hours
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam