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SAM5020: Maps and Key Issues: Case Studies of Religion in Contemporary Society

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Emneansvarlig:Gina Lende (
Studieprogramtilhørighet:2-årige masterprogrammer - Master in Religion in Contemporary Society
Avdelingstilhørighet:Avdeling for religion, skole og samfunn
Tillatte hj.midler ved eksamen:Alle

Generell informasjon

SAM5020 Maps and Key Issues: Case Studies of Religion in Contemporary Society provides two key forms of knowledge:
Firstly, a map: Empirical and analytical overviews of global religion today will be studied, exploring dominant global trends as well as local variations and characteristics in different parts of the world.
Secondly, the course focuses on a selection of exemplary studies of the roles and dynamics of religion in contemporary society, giving an in-depth insight into key themes, controversies and developments through inter-disciplinary approaches.
Students will analyze and discuss present-day themes and issues through studying different kinds of material through a variety of relevant methods for research on religion in society, such as quantitative studies, interview and observation studies, theoretical argumentation and interpretive readings of cultural materials and key political, ideological and theological discourses and texts.
The case studies will be grouped in substantive themes that exemplify a range of issues of interest in research on contemporary religion, such as:
  • religion, democracy, and prejudice
  • religion, vulnerability and security
  • religion, violence, and peace
  • religion, gender, and family
  • religion, climate, and economy
  • religion, identity, and populism
Two of these themes will be addressed in a given semester. The chosen themes will be in line with ongoing research at MF, and the themes will change regularly, e.g., in two-year cycles.
The course will aim at providing the students with substantive knowledge of key controversies and tensions involving religion in society, as well as the development of familiarity with the craft of research.
SAM5020 Maps and Key Issues: Case Studies of Religion in Contemporary Society is an obligatory course in the Master’s program in Contemporary Religion.


In order to receive a final assessment, the student must:
  • take active part in a minimum of 75% of the formal teaching activities
  • within two given deadlines in the semester submit in Canvas mindmaps/outlines for two potential essays different from the essay handed in for final assessment
  • 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

Write an essay [4000-4500 words] on a chosen issue that has been accepted by the course convener. The exam 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 dominant global trends of religions and religiosity
  • thorough knowledge of selected local variations and particularities of contemporary religion in society
  • thorough knowledge of selected key issues and debates concerning the public role of religion in contemporary society
  • good knowledge and critical awareness of how different scholarly and disciplinary approaches to the study of religion in contemporary society may interact, supplementing and/or contradicting each other
The student can:
  • identify and make use of different kinds of academic material and methodologies in the research of particular issues concerning the impact of religion in society
  • write an academic essay on contemporary controversial issues related to religion in society
  • 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 in contemporary society


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  • Afridi, M. (2015). Nostalgia and memory in Jewish-Muslim encounters. Cross currents, 65(3), s. 346-356. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Bar, E. (2015). The nexus of enmity: Ideology, global politics and identity in the twenty-first century. Cross currents, 65(3), s. 392-400. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Berridge, W. J. (2019). Islamism and the instrumentalisation og conspiracism. I A. Dyrendal, D. G. Robertson & E. Asprem (Red.), Handbook of conspiracy theory and contemporary religion (s. 303-320). Leiden,Boston: Brill. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Butler, J., Gambetti, Z. & Sabsay, L. (Red.) (2016). Vulnerability in resistance (s. 1-27, 52-75). Durham, N.C: Duke University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • De Poli, B. (2019). Anti-Jewish and anti-Zionist conspiracism in the Arab world. I A. Dyrendal, D. G. Robertson & E. Asprem (Red.), Handbook of conspiracy theory and contemporary religion (s. 321-342). Leiden,Boston: Brill. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Dobkowski, M. N. (2015). Islamophobia and anti-Semitism: Shared prejudice or singular social pathologies. Cross currents, 65(3), s. 321-333. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Frydenlund, I. (2019). Buddhist Islamophobia: Actors, tropes, contexts. I A. Dyrendal, D. G. Robertson & E. Asprem (Red.), Handbook of conspiracy theory and contemporary religion (s. 279-302). Leiden,Boston: Brill. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Kronsdorfer, B. (2015). Introduction: Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: Twins or category mistake?. Cross currents, 65(3), s. 292-296. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Lenz, C. & Moe, V. (2019). I do not have anything against Jews, so why do I have to express it?: Negotiations of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in group conversations among Jews and Muslims. (Kompendium)
  • Norris, P. & Inglehart, R. (2011). Sacred and secular: Religion and politics worldwide (2. utg., s. 3-79, 215-282). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Bibliotek
  • Pew Research Center, . (2017). The changing global religious landscape. Hentet 2019-05-24 fra
  • Robertson, D. G., Asprem, E. & Dyrendal, A. (2019). Introducing the field: Conspiracy theory in, about and as religion. I A. Dyrendal, D. G. Robertson & E. Asprem (Red.), Handbook of conspiracy theory and contemporary religion (s. 1-18). Leiden,Boston: Brill. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Seiple, C., Hoover, D. R. & Otis, P. (Red.) (2013). The Routledge handbook of religion and security (s. 1-8, 57-79, 102-112, 125-135, 148-159, 193-203). London: Routledge. Bibliotek
  • Standing, G. (2014). A precariat charter: From denizens to citizens (s. 1-93). London: Bloomsbury Academic. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Stålsett, S. (2018). Prayers of the precariat?: The political role of religion in precarious times. Estudos teológicos: Órgão da Faculdade de Teologia., 58(2), s. 313-325. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Woodhead, L., Partridge, C. H. & Kawanami, H. (Red.) (2016). Religions in the modern world: Traditions and transformations (3. utg., s. 1-112, 173-299, 431-510, 551-570). London: Routledge. Bibliotek
  • Zick, A., Küpper, B. & Hövermann, A. (2011). Intolerance, predjudice and discrimination: A European report. (s. 15-42). Tübingen: Universitätsbibliothek Tübingen. Bibliotek. Hentet fra

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