RVI1040 - Religions of South Asia


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course is a study of religions originating in South Asia, with a focus on Buddhism. The course will provide students with a basic understanding of the teachings and practices of Buddhism, and the role of this religion as a connecting factor of several Asian cultures (India, Tibet, Sri Lanka, Burma, the Silk Routes etc). Past and present perspectives are represented. Hindu religions form a second focus, the course also offers an introduction to other religions important to the region, such as Jainism, Islam, Sikhism and Christianity.

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

  • broad, basic knowledge of Buddhism and Hinduism, past and present
  • basic knowledge of Jainism, Sikhism, Islam and Christianity in India
  • basic knowledge of the historical, social and cultural contexts of South Asian religions
  • basic knowledge on South Asian history as characterized by religious plurality and interaction


The candidate has acquired skills to

  • account for and analyse (translated) sources
  • account for and analyse relevant research literature
  • discuss central research questions pertaining to the religions of South Asia

Learning methods and activities

The instruction consists of lectures.

In order to sit the exam students must pass the obligatory activity during the semester (see Blackboard for more information). The obligatory activity is only given in the semester the course is taught, but is valid for this and the subsequent semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatory activity

Further on evaluation

The exam consists of an assignment (4000 words).

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
HFRVI112 15.0
HFKRL212 15.0 AUTUMN 2007
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies


Examination arrangement: Assignment

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





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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