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Postgraduate course

Religion in World Literatures

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeRELV338
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study



Full time

Teaching semester

Autumn, but not regularly.

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Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The objective of the course is to provide the student with a basic understanding of some of the ways religious activities, narratives and symbols are presented in prose literature, and some of the methods and theoretical perspectives used in the analysis of religion in literature.

The concrete content of the course as well as the regions studied can vary from term to term the course is given. Information about content and regions will be available as the same time as the Reading List is published, i.e. on June 1st at the latest the years the course is given.

RELV338 is an optional unit within the Master¿s Programme in the Study of Religions.

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 basic knowledge of some of the ways religious activities, narratives and symbols are presented in prose literatures in different parts of the world;
  • has acquaintance with some methods and methodological problems and a selection of theoretical perspectives used in the analysis of religion in prose literatures;
  • has the capability of putting the knowledge about religion in prose literatures in relation to the history of religions in general; and
  • has knowledge about new and earlier research and about important issues relevant for the study of religion in prose literatures in different parts of the world.


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; and
  • has the capability of writing two reviews and 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

Due to course overlap, students cannot take RELV338 in combination with RELV238.

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

Access to the Course

Admission to a Master¿s Programme at UiB

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures (approximately 10) and seminars (approximately 5)

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

In this course the following compulsory requirements have to be approved in order to sit for the examination:

  • A minimum of 80% attendance in the seminars (minimum 4 of 5 seminars).
  • The writing of book reviews of two novels. The novels to be reviewed have to be chosen from a list that will be distributed at the beginning of the course. Each review should have a length of up to 750 words.

Compulsory attendance is evaluated with "approved/not approved."

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

Forms of Assessment

Written school exam (up to 3000 words) of 6 hours

Examination Support Material

At the examination, a dictionary (without any notes in it) between your own language and English is permitted. The teacher will check the dictionary at the exam location.

Grading Scale

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

Assessment Semester

Autumn, but not regularly.

There will also be assessment early spring term (only for students with valid mandatory course requirements), given that the course is instructed the term before.

Reading List

The reading list consists of ca. 500 pages of secondary literature and ca. 2 000 pages of novels and short stories.

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

Course Evaluation

The course unit will be evaluated regularly.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee for the Study of Religions

Course Coordinator

The Programme Committee 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)

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.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    20.02.2023, 09:00
    6 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam