RVI3020 - Material and Method


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course serves as preparation for the master's thesis. A central question is: What is necessary to accomplish a research project? The course will make students aware of different types of material used in research, how to analyze each type appropriately, and also provide a overview of relevant methods of research and the consequences the choice of method has for the outcome of a project.

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 various methods applied in religious studies research
  • knowledge of the different types of material used in religious studies research
  • knowledge specifically of text materials and hermeneutics
  • knowledge of the ethical implications involved in the use of methods in religious studies


The candidate has acquired skills to

  • analyse various types of material concerning religion: texts, sound recordings, photos and video recordings
  • collect independently various forms of material concerning religion
  • produce academic accounts analysing research materials
  • assess the use of methods and materials in projects presented in religious studies
  • carry out an ethical assessment of methods and materials in current religious studies research

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. In order to take the exam a project description of the master's thesis must be submitted and approved by the tutor.

Compulsory assignments

  • Project description

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
KRL3020 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


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: 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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