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SAM5144: Religion and Human Rights

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Generell informasjon | Studiekrav | Avsluttende vurdering | Læringsutbytte etter fullført emne | Litteratur 

Emneansvarlig:Asle Eikrem (Asle.Eikrem@mf.no)
Studieprogramtilhørighet:2-årige masterprogrammer - Religion, Society and Global Issues
2-årige masterprogrammer - Teologi
Avdelingstilhørighet:Avdelingsråd for religion og samfunn


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EksamenstypeEksamensdato / innleveringsdatoTrekkfrist
Hjemmeeksamen2018-05-29 29. mai 20182018-05-01 1. mai 2018
Utleveringsdato:22. mai 2018
Tidspunkt for utlevering:09:00
Innleveringsdato:29. mai 2018
Varighet:1 uker
Kunngjøringsdato:19. juni 2018

Generell informasjon

In the modern world, Human Rights are part of the international normative regime that regulates the relationship between individuals and the State. Moreover, this regime also functions as a background for assessing how different states relate to, evaluate, and intervene in relation to, other states on different levels of interaction. Human Rights have emerged out of a Western context, and presuppose an understanding of human beings rooted in the Enlightenment. Moreover, they have partly developed as a response to conflicts between different groups and / or religious denominations, and they represent an attempt to regulate the relationship between people without taking their religious commitments into consideration, while at the same time underscoring the basic equality of all humans.
Required knowledge: Students who are not enrolled in the Master Programme Religion, Society and Global Issues, should have equivalent background.


To complete the course, the student have to:
  • Be present at 75 % of the teaching.
  • Write a book report 1200-2000 words from a limited part of the course syllabus. The topic of the report is selected in cooperation with the professor and is graded pass/fail.
  • Participate in the evaluation of the curriculum, if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term.
When course requirements are not fulfilled this will count as one examination attempt, unless you withdraw within the set deadline (1 May/ 1 November).
In semesters when the course is not taught, the students are not expected to write a book report. 

Avsluttende vurdering

To gain credit for the course the student must fulfill all the requirements and a take-home examination (one week, 4000-5000 words). The exam is assessed with grades A-F.
In semesters when the course is not taught, the students write an essay (5500-6000 words) instead of the take-home examination. The essay is assessed with grades (A-F).

Læringsutbytte etter fullført emne

The study of religion and human rights discusses various aspects of the relationship between modern Human Rights thinking and different religious traditions.
The students will demonstrate the following skills:
  • To understand conditions and problems in the relationship between religious traditions and human rights
  • To discuss to what extent it is possible to give a theological/religious warrant for human rights
  • To understand and discuss the social and cultural conditions necessary to discuss possibilities for mediating between religion and human rights
  • To discuss how human rights are culturally relative, and how they can contribute to make religious traditions appear as problematic or challenge such traditions in different ways


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  • Bucar, E. M. & Barnett, B. (Red.) (2005). Does human rights need God?. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publ. Bibliotek
  • Haas, M. (2014). International human rights: A comprehensive introduction (2 utg.). London: Routledge. Bibliotek
  • Vogt, K., Larsen, L. & Moe, C. (Red.) (2009). New directions in Islamic thought: Exploring reform and Muslim tradition (s. 47-73, 101-112, 145-161). London: Tauris. Bibliotek
  • Witte, J. & Alexander, F. S. (Red.) (2010). An excerpt. I Christianity and human rights: An introduction (s. 1-43, 81-190, 216-366). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Bibliotek

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