RVI2125 - New Religious Movements

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Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course will provide an introduction to contemporary religion with an emphasis on modern religious movements in Europe and North America. The student will learn about the contemporary and historical background of modern religious movements, and learn how various sections of society react to them. The interplay between society and religion is emphasized.
The course will consider various topics of contemporary religion, such as:
- The sociology of modern religions,
- Essential doctrines of New Age religions,
- Modern apocalyptic movements,
- UFO-religions,
- Neo-paganism,
- Anti-cult movements,
- Theories of secularization and modernity.
The course will also provide further study of the methodological and theoretical issues related to the study of religion, as well as deeper study of selected topics in the history of the disciplin. The course will thereby provide a further understanding of various approaches, how theories are formed, and related issues.

Learning outcome

The course will provide an introduction to contemporary religion with an emphasis on modern religious movements in Europe and North America. The student will learn about the contemporary and historical background of modern religious movements, and learn how various sections of society react to them. The interplay between society and religion is emphasized.
Further the course aim is to provide the student with a deeper understanding of the theoretical matters concerning the study of religon, equipping the students for further studies in the field (master's degree).
For more information about the assessment, we refer students to the section's description of the grading scale. The description of the grading scale is found on the department's web pages and in hard copy.

Learning methods and activities

Instruction consists of lectures and seminars. In order to take the exam a written assignment must be submitted (2000-2500 words) and approved by a deadline announced at the beginning of the semester. The exam consists of a written assignment (3000 - 4000 words).

Compulsory assignments

  • 1 approved exercise/assignment

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

None.

Course materials

The required reading list will be available at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
RVI2120 7.5 2007-09-01

Examination

Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100

Release
2010-11-12

Submission
2010-12-10

Spring ORD Assignment 100/100

Release
2011-04-15

Submission
2011-05-20

  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.