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SAM5150: Religion, Identity and Populism

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Emneansvarlig:Lars Åsmund Laird Iversen (Lars.L.Iversen@mf.no)
Studieprogramtilhørighet:Mastergrad iht §3, 2 år - Religion, Society and Global Issues
Mastergrad iht §3, 2 år - Teologi
Profesjonsstudium, høyere grad - Profesjonsstudium teologi - høyere grad
Avdelingstilhørighet:Avdelingsråd for religion og samfunn


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EksamenstypeEksamensdato / innleveringsdatoTrekkfrist
Hjemmeeksamen2018-06-11 11. juni 20182018-05-01 1. mai 2018
Utleveringsdato: 4. juni 2018
Tidspunkt for utlevering:09:00
Innleveringsdato:11. juni 2018
Varighet:1 uker
Kunngjøringsdato: 2. juli 2018
Hjemmeeksamen – Ny og utsatt - NB! Egne tilgangsregler.2018-08-20 20. aug. 20182018-08-05 5. aug. 2018
Utleveringsdato:13. aug. 2018
Tidspunkt for utlevering:09:00
Innleveringsdato:20. aug. 2018
Varighet:1 uker
Kunngjøringsdato:10. sep. 2018

Generell informasjon

The course investigates the ways religion is connected to politicised group belonging. The relationship between religion and feelings and ideologies of belonging is a long-standing source of social scientific inquiry into religion.
Populist movements have had increasing visibility and electorial success in several continents. This course uses theses populist political movements as a contemporary lense through which the relationship between religion and identity can be understood in a globalizing world.
The theoretical interest in religion and identity gives shape to the treatment of populism, and conversely, the focus on populism shows the relevance and timeliness of investigating the ties between religion and identity.
The course is a selective course in the Master programme Religion, Society and Global Issues.
The course is taught through a series of lectures and/or seminars.
Recommended prior knowledge: It is recommended that students have completed SAM5110, SAM5120, SAM5130.


  • Two short essays (approx. 1000 +/- 10% words) on a given topic is to be handed in by set deadlines. The essays are graded pass/fail.
  • Attendance to lectures and seminars is compulsory. The student must attend at least 75% of lectures and seminars.
  • The student must 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 the essays.

Avsluttende vurdering

The final assessment is in the form of a take-home examination (one week, 4000-5000 words). The exam is assessed with grades (A-F). In order to receive a final assessment, the student must fulfil the course requirements within the fixed deadline.
In semesters when the course is not taught, the students must write an essay (5500-6000 words) on a topic given by the professor. The essay is assessed with grades (A-F).

Læringsutbytte etter fullført emne

The student has
  • thorough knowledge of social scientific understandings of the concept "populism".
  • thorough knowledge about social scientific research on the role of religion in populist movements.
  • good knowledge about social scientific understandings of the role of religion in social identity.
  • good knowledge of case studies of populist movements engaging with religion in at least three continents.
The student can
  • analyze case studies of specific populist movements in the light of social scientific theories on religion, identity and populism.
  • write analytical texts informed by social science research about populist movements and religion.
  • present and discuss the concept of populism.


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  • 3 guest lectures agree with course coordinator on 50 p. each of relevant texts for their lectures..
  • Brubaker, R. (2015). Grounds for difference. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press. Bibliotek
  • Brubaker, R. (2017). Between nationalism and civilizationism: The European populist moment in comparative perspective. Ethnic and racial studies, 40(8), s. 1191-1226. (Kompendium).
  • Marzouki, N., McDonnell, D. & Roy, O. (Red.) (2016). Saving the people: How populists hijack religion. London: Hurst. Bibliotek
  • Mudde, C. (2004). The Populist Zeitgeist. Government and Opposition, 39(4), s. 542-563. Bibliotek (Kompendium).
  • Mudde, C. (2017). Introduction to the populist radical right. I C. Mudde (Red.), The populist radical right: A reader (s. 1-10). London: Routledge. Bibliotek (hardback)/9781138673878 (pbk.) (Kompendium)
  • Müller, J.-W. (2016). What is populism?. University of Pennsylvania Press. Bibliotek
  • Roy, O. (2010). Holy ignorance: When religion and culture part ways (s. 67-108). London: Hurst. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Zuquete, J. P. (2008). The European extreme-right and Islam: New directions?. Journal of Political Ideologies, 13(3), s. 321-344. Bibliotek (Kompendium).

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