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Postgraduate course

Religion and Tourism

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeRELV331
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester

Autumn, but not regularly

Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The objective of the course is to give an introduction to the various ways in which modern tourism acts as a medium for and shapes religion. Special attention will be given to the way in which pilgrimage traditions relate to tourism.

The course provides an understanding of theoretical and methodological aspects of the study of religion and tourism through readings of ethnographical case studies and the collection of relevant primary data that the students themselves must produce and present. The primary data can be attained through fieldwork, interviews, or by collecting texts, and/or images related to the topic.

Learning Outcomes

The student has by the end of the course gained the following learning outcome defined in knowledge, skills, and general competence:


The student

  • has knowledge of various types of relations between religion and tourism
  • has knowledge of different theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion and tourism
  • has basic knowledge of the history and nature of modern tourism
  • has knowledge of chosen pilgrimage traditions and their interconnection with tourism
  • has practical knowledge of how to study aspects of the religion-tourism nexus


The student

  • has the ability to recognise the many ways in which religion is shaped by tourism, and tourism functions as an arena for religion
  • has the ability to analyse various relations between pilgrimage traditions and tourism and to challenge general preconceptions regarding tourists and pilgrims
  • has the ability to analyse academic literature and make independent observations and conclusions
  • has the ability to write an analytical, coherent and academic text

General competence:

The student

  • has experience with planning and conducting independent data collection as well as presenting it
  • has practical knowledge of how to collect information and data that can be used in research
  • has experience with planning and writing an academic text within a short time period

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

Sound knowledge of English

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

Due to course overlap, students cannot take RELV331 in combination with RELV231

If combined, the outcome of credits will be reduced with 15 ECTS credits.

Access to the Course

Open for all students matriculated at a Master's programme at the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

Approximately 10 lectures, 6 seminars, and 3 hours of supervision per student for the term paper

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

The student is required to present his or her primary data at the seminar. (For a description of data, see paragraph "Aim and Content".)

Compulsory assignments and attendance are evaluated with "approved"/"not approved".

Compulsory requirements of this course are valid for two semesters; the teaching semester when approved, and the following semester.

Forms of Assessment

Supervised term essay, 5-6000 words. Essays can be written in English or Norwegian.

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

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

Assessment Semester

Autumn (only in semesters of instruction)

Students who can document illness at the time of the examination, are allowed to take the examination in the first following semester (semester without instruction)

Reading List

The reading list runs to about 1000-1500 pages.

The reading list is published by June 1st for the autumn 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)