Postgraduate course

Reformations in Europe

Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course provides an overview of the history of Protestant Reformation in Europe, with a focus on selected regions (East-Central Europe, the Nordic countries), processes (denomination-building, Counter-Reformation) and concepts (confessionalization, social discipline, ethno-denominational communities ). The course also offers an introduction into the various approaches and currents in Reformation historiography. See description of the topic here.

Learning Outcomes


A general knowledge of European Reformation history, with a focus on the regions mentioned above; a general knowledge of central processes and concepts connected to the Reformation; a general knowledge of major currents in Reformation historiography


The capability of analyzing and drawing conclusions of one¿s own in connection with complex themes, and the capability of producing a text in accordance with the relevant rules for academic writing.

General competence

The ability of working with larger amounts of material within a limited time period, and the ability of synthesizing and presenting it.

Required Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

Full overlap with RELV236

Access to the Course

The course is open to master students at the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

Approximately 10 lectures (20 hours)

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment

 Take-home examination (5 days) of approximately 3000 words

Grading Scale

A graded scale A- F, where A is the top grade and F is the failing grade.

Reading List

The reading list consists of approximately 1200 pages

Course Evaluation

On a regular basis

Course Administrator

Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion (AHKR)


Contact Information


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Take-home examination

    Assignment handed out
    02.05.2018, 09:00
    Submission deadline
    07.05.2018, 13:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam