Religion and Tourism
Level of Study
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.
The student has by the end of the course gained the following learning outcome defined in knowledge, skills, and general competence:
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
A graded marking scale (A to F) is used. A is the top grade and F means Failed.
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)
The reading list runs to about 1000-1500 pages.
The reading list is published by June 1st for the autumn semester.
The course unit will be evaluated regularly.
The Programme Committee for The Study of Religions
The Programme Committe for The Study of Religions, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies, and Religion (AHKR)
Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies, and Religion (AHKR)