RVI3010 - Theoretical Approaches and Philosophy of Science in the Study of Religion


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course serves as a preparation for the theoretical part of the master's thesis. Central questions are: What do I need to accomplish a research project? What does a scientific project consist of? The focus on theory is to ensure a conscious choice of the perspective to be employed in specific projects.

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

  • knowledge of the central research questions of theory in religious studies
  • knowledge of the outcome of relevant research in religious studies
  • knowledge of designing research projects in religious studies
  • knowledge of the interdependency between the religious practice and cultural life
  • knowledge of the ethical challenges facing research concerning religion


The candidate has acquired skills to

  • analyse and assess theoretical accounts in religious studies
  • analyse and assess research outcome of religious studies
  • independently design research projects in religious studies
  • produce academic accounts of the relationship between religion and culture
  • exert ethical assessment on research accounts within religious studies

Learning methods and activities

The instruction consists of lectures and seminars with an emphasis on the latter. Part of the lectures may be held in English.

Further on evaluation

The exam consists of a written assignment (6000-8000 words).

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Religious Studies (MRVI)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the Master's programme in Religious Studies.

Course materials

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

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KRL3010 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

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: 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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