Level of Study
Autumn, but not regularly (This course is only offered fall semesters 2015 and 2019)
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
Objectives and Content:
The aim of this course is to give an introduction to:
- the main types of two- and three-dimensional art and of architecture within Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam;
- the most important differences in views of art within these five religions;
- convictions and debates about art within these five religions;
- methods and theoretical perspectives in the study of religion and art;
- how religious art is used in popular culture and advertising; and
- how religious art is used in the criticism of religions
RELV333 is an optional unit within the Master´s Programme in the Study of Religions.
The student shall by the end of the course have gained the following learning outcome defined in knowledge, skills, and general competence:
- has general knowledge about the main types of art, different views of art, and convictions and debates about art within Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
- has general knowledge about methods and theoretical perspectives in the study of religious art.
- has knowledge about how religious art is used in popular culture, advertising, and in the criticism of religions.
- has the capability of analysing religious art with the help of some central methods and theoretical perspectives from the History of Religions and the History of Art.
- has the capability of putting the knowledge about religious art in relation to wider contexts within the History of Religions.
- has the capability of analysing subject-matters in English and of drawing conclusions of one´s own.
- has the capability of critically examining methods and theoretical perspectives used in the study of religious art.
- has the capability of writing a coherent analytical text about religious art, thereby demonstrating a capacity for using the norms and techniques of academic writing.
- has the capability of conveying information about the subject field to others, both in writing and orally.
- 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
If combined, the outcome of credits will be reduced with 15 ECTS credits.
Access to the Course
Open access to RELV333 for all students who are matriculated at a Master¿s programme at the University of Bergen.
Teaching and learning methods
Approximately 10 lectures à two hours plus 5 seminars à four hours, 40 hours in all.
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.
A graded marking scale (A to F) is used. A is the top grade and F means Failed.
Autumn, but not regularly (Only autumn 2015 and 2019, see paragraph semester of instruction)
There will also be assessment early spring semester (only spring semester 2016 and 2020)
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 Committee for The Study of Religions, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies, and Religion (AHKR)
Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural 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. 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
- 12.03.2020, 09:00
- 6 hours
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam