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SAM5010: Theoretical Perspectives: Religion in Contemporary Society

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Emneansvarlig:Lars Åsmund Laird Iversen (Lars.L.Iversen@mf.no)
Studieprogramtilhørighet:2-årige masterprogrammer - Master in Religion in Contemporary Society
Avdelingstilhørighet:Avdeling for religion, skole og samfunn
Tillatte hj.midler ved eksamen:Liste F 2


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EksamenstypeEksamens- / innleveringsdatoTrekkfrist
Skriftlig eksamen – Ny og utsatt - NB! Egne tilgangsregler.2020-01-16 16. jan. 20202020-01-06 6. jan. 2020
Varighet:6 timer
Kunngjøringsdato: 6. feb. 2020

Generell informasjon

SAM5010 Theoretical Perspectives: Religion in Contemporary Society aims to provide an introduction to theoretical perspectives, themes and debates in the interdisciplinary academic study of religion. Pursuing a selection of seminal theory formations and debates, the course will enable an enhanced understanding of academic research on religion.
SAM5010 Theoretical Perspectives: Religion in Contemporary Society consists of two parts.
Part A (5 ECTS), “Approaching Religion”, addresses perspectives and debates of importance for all academic study of religion, whether historical or in contemporary society. Part A is designed to be a shared component with HIS5010 Theoretical Perspectives: Religion in History.
The areas explored are:
  • theories and definitions of religion: major turns
  • key concepts in the study of religion
  • categorizations and religion: gendering, racializing, othering
  • present usages of the past
Part B (5 ECTS), “Researching Contemporary Religion,” is a specialized component where the focus will be on perspectives and debates of particular importance for the study of religion in contemporary society.
The areas explored are:
  • secularization and secularities
  • global and post-colonial outlooks
  • cognition, emotions and practice
SAM5010 Theoretical Perspectives: Religion in Contemporary Society is an obligatory course in the Master’s program Religion in Contemporary Society.


In order to receive a final assessment, the student must:
  • take active part in a minimum of 75% of the formal teaching activities
  • participate in the electronic evaluation of the course if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term
When course requirements are not fulfilled, this will count as one examination attempt, unless the student withdraws before the set deadline (1 May/November).

Avsluttende vurdering

The final grade will be based on a six-hour written exam. The course is assessed with grades A-F.
To gain credits for the course the student must fulfill the course requirements.

Læringsutbytte etter fullført emne

The student has:
  • thorough knowledge of key theories and definitions of religion
  • thorough knowledge of how religion may interact with other categorizations, including gender and ideas about race and ethnicity
  • thorough knowledge of theories of secularization beyond the west
  • thorough knowledge of theories of everyday religion
  • good knowledge the use of religion in present usages of the past
  • good knowledge and critical awareness of the ways in which conceptions, theories and debates shape academic knowledge about religion
  • good knowledge of debates about media and religion
The student can:
  • participate in discussions and other classroom activities, displaying awareness of her/his positionality within the larger guild of academic studies of religion
  • apply academic concepts and theories to analyze, interpret and discuss religion


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