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SAM5030: The Craft: Research Skills and Professional Engagement in the Study of Religion
|Emneansvarlig:||Marielle Stigum Gleiss (Marielle.S.Gleiss@mf.no)|
|Studieprogramtilhørighet:||2-årige masterprogrammer - Master in Religion in Contemporary Society|
2-årige masterprogrammer - Master in History of Religions
|Avdelingstilhørighet:||Avdeling for religion, skole og samfunn|
This course teaches the craftsmanship of researching religion. The course has three interconnected components:
- searching, selecting and reading: Staying on top of relevant research
- modes of professional engagement and research ethics
- academic writing
In addition to creating, reading and reviewing an up-to-date reading list on a selected topic, the students will be introduced to the ongoing process of following research publications. The students must follow relevant research journals, familiarize themselves with the profile of the journal over the past few years. Thus the students get:
- an introduction to the everyday flow of knowledge production within contemporary research on religion,
- substantive knowledge of the cutting edge of research today, and
- the ability to scan abstracts and select up to date research for closer reading.
The third part of the course deals with writing as a key skill for academic engagement with religion. In addition to in depth work on writing skills at MA level, the course will present writing about religion as a skill infused with a sense of professional engagement, combining fair and truthful presentation of knowledge with a developing personal voice.
All three parts deal extensively with research ethics, though it is dealt with in more detail in the second part of the course.
The craft of research is the practical marriage of the research skills and professional engagement in researching religion.
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 an obligatory library course in searching databases
- complete a learning path about academic writing within a set deadline
- document the creation of a reading list (approximately 300 pages) on a selected topic, and provide a literature review (2000-2500 words) based on that reading list
- document that she/he has signed up to receive content alerts from a relevant journal, and write a presentation of the journal's profil and key themes in recent years. The presentation format is decided by the course convenor
- write a reflection document developing a professional academic understanding of one’s own modes of engagement with research on religion
- 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).
The course is assessed as pass/fail, based on whether or not the course requirements are fulfilled.
To gain credits for the course the student must fulfill the course requirements.
When the course is completed, the student has:
- thorough knowledge about key debates concerning insider/outsider debates, research situatedness and normativity in the study of religion
- thorough knowledge of key factors for successful academic writing about religion
- good knowledge about debates about public engagement in different disciplines
- good knowledge about key academic journals in the field
When the course is completed, the student can:
- perform an academic literature search
- write an academic literature review
- reflect about how the academic study of religion can be useful to to different audiences and users
- reflect upon his or her own positionalityand modes of engagement with research on religion
The student should have a sense of the practical skills and professional engagement that constitutes the craft of religion studies
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