Undergraduate course

Religion and Politics

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeRELV328
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Level of Study


Teaching semester


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 politics in the modern world, and of some methods and theoretical perspectives used in the analysis of these relations.

RELV328 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 politics in modern societies
  • has acquaintance with some methods and methodological problems and a selection of theoretical perspectives used as scientific and scholarly tools in the analysis of religion and politics
  • has the capability of putting the knowledge about religion and politics in relation to the history of religions in general
  • has knowledge about new and earlier research and about important issues relevant for the study of religion and politics, pertaining to the social sciences as well as to the humanities


The student

  • has the capability of analysing a complex theme and of drawing conclusions of one¿s own
  • has the capability of critically examining 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

The student should have a sound knowledge of English since the course literature and the lectures are in English

Access to the Course

Admission to a Master¿s Programme at UiB is required for RELV328.

Teaching and learning methods

10 lectures, totally 20 hours

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

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.

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 Committe 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

  • 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. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam. Candidates must check their room allocation on Studentweb 3 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    16.03.2020, 09:00
    6 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam