RVI1010 - Theories of Religion


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 5 days

Course content

Specific Course Objectives:

  • Define and critically assess the concept of religion and be able to characterize different definitions of the term
  • Identify and summarize the main research traditions and their models in the study of religion
  • Apply theoretical models to an empirical matter using primary and secondary texts.

Learning outcome

According to the course curriculum, a candidate who passes this course is expected to have the following learning outcome (defined as knowledge and skills):


The candidate has attained

  • basic knowledge of the historical development and present situation of the discipline of Religious Studies
  • basic knowledge of the main theoretical traditions in the study of religion
  • basic knowledge of the core methodological approaches used in the discipline


The candidate has acquired skills to

  • analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources
  • apply relevant analytical models and basic methods to empirical material

Learning methods and activities

Instruction consists of lectures and seminars. Part of the lectures may be held in English.

In order to sit the exam students must get the obligatory activity approved. For more information on the obligatory activity, see Blackboard. The obligatory activity can only be approved in the semester when the course is taught, but is valid in this and the subsequent term.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved obligatory activity

Further on evaluation

Evaluation by 5-day off campus exam.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

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

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HFRVI102 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Comparative Religion
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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