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SAM5120: Religion, Culture and Global Issues

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Person responsible for the course:Marion Grau (
Credit points (ECTS):10
Start of studies:Autumn
Study programme:Master's degree (2 years) - Religion, Society and Global Issues
Department:Department of Religion and Society
Examination support material permitted:List F 2

General information

This is a required core course in the degree programme Master of Religion, Society and Global Issues. It deals with some of the basic aspects of global society both in a historical and contemporary perspective. It will especially describe and discuss the role of major religions in todays world in relation to globalization, cultural identities and global issues with particular emphasis on religious and cultural conflicts and change. It will include aspects from anthropology, sociology, science of religion and theology.

Course requirements

To be qualified for final assessment the student must
  • be present at 75 % of the teaching
  • write an essay of approximately 2,000 words. The topic and the essay must be approved by the professor.
  • participate in a course in academic writing.
  • participate in the evaluation of the courseif such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant semester.
When course requirements are not fulfilled, this will count as one examination attempt, unless you withdraw within the set deadline (1 May/ 1 November).

Final assessment

To gain credit for the course the student must fulfill all the requirements and pass the written exam (6 hrs). The exam is assessed with grades A-F.

Course objective and content

The student has
  • A thorough knowledge of the role of worldviews in culture and religion
  • A thorough knowledge of the various ways religion, culture and society interact
  • A good knowledge of the processes of globalization in a historical and contemporary perspective
  • A good knowledge of the role of major religions in the multicultural, global society
  • A good knowledge of how religions are shaped both by history and by the contemporary global, regional and local cultural and social context
  • A good knowledge of the most important global issues that are raised or addressed by encounters between various religions and cultures
The student can:
  • analyse and discuss how religions impact and are impacted by their cultural and social contexts
  • use theories of globalization to analyse cultural and social change in different parts of the world
  • analyse and discuss how religion, culture and society interact and how religions are shaped both by history and by the contemporary global, regional and local cultural and social contexts
  • analyse and discuss how different religious traditions contribute to and counteract globalization processes
  • discuss relevant approaches to globalization in Christian theology and other religious traditions


To access electronic literature when you are not at MF:
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  • Beyer, P. (2006). Religions in global society. London: Routledge. Library. Hentet fra
  • Hiebert, P. G. (2008). Transforming worldviews: An anthropological understanding of how people change (p. 13-264). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic. Library
  • Kim, S. C. H. & Kim, K. (2016). Christianity as a world religion: An introduction (2. ed.). London: Bloomsbury. Library /9781472569349
  • Ramachandra, V. (2006). Globalization, nationalism, and religious resurgence. I C. Ott & H. A. Netland (Ed.), Globalizing theology: Belief and practice in an era of world Christianity (p. 213-230). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic. Library (Compendium)
  • Robertson, R. (2007). Global millennialism: A postmortem on secularization. I P. Beyer & L. G. Beaman (Ed.), Religion, globalization and culture (p. 9-34). Leiden: Brill. Library (Compendium). Hentet fra
  • Scholte, J. A. (2005). Globalization: A critical introduction (2. ed., p. 1-275). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillian. Library. Hentet fra
  • Waardenburg, J. (2006). Christians, Muslims, Jews and their religions. I I. A. Omar (Ed.), Islam and other religions / pathways to dialogue: Essays in honour of Mahmoud Mustafa Ayoub (p. 1-21). London: Routledge. Library (Compendium)
  • Waardenburg, J. (2003). Muslims and others: Relations in context (p. 1-36, 241-272). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. Library. Hentet fra

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