Summer Course in Zoroastrian Studies



Mål og innhald

This summer course, jointly arranged by the University of Bergen (Norway) and SOAS (UK), provides in-depth insight into selected relevant aspects of Zoroastrianism. Each year, the course focuses on a different main topic, which will be announced during spring. Topics can for example include different periods of and contexts for Zoroastrian history, bodies of primary or secondary sources, Zoroastrian hermeneutics, visions of the past and the future, gender, architecture, arts and material cultures, formations of identity, exchanges with and impacts on other religions, the history of the study of Zoroastrianism.


By the end of the course, the participants have gained the following learning outcomes in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence


  • The student has gained knowledge on a selected aspect of Zoroastrianism.
  • The student has obtained knowledge on matters of theory and method related to the study of Zoroastrianism.


  • The student has the ability to present results of reading to the class.
  • The student has the ability to write a coherent analytical text on a given topic.
  • The student is able to use the standard techniques of academic writing.

General competence

  • The student is able to interact with students from other countries.
  • The student is able to actively participate in classroom discussions on unfamiliar topics.

Studiepoeng, omfang


Studienivå (studiesyklus)

Bachelor's and Master's level


Spring and autumn (assessment in Autumn)

In 2022, the teaching will take place in week 25.


Norwegian Institute in Rome
Krav til forkunnskapar

60 ECTS at university level on any subject.

Good command in English.

Tilrådde forkunnskapar
MOOC «Zoroastrianism: History, Religion, and Belief» on (
Full overlap with ZOR200
Krav til studierett

This course is open to students registered in BA- and MA-programs at accredited universities in Europe, the US or Canada (see list of universities accredited according to NOKUT/the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (Foreign Education Institutions | Nokut).

Applicants have to document English language proficiency equivalent to GSK (Krav til norsk og engelsk - Samordna opptak)

There will be an admission process, based on at motivational letter and educational background.

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer
Classroom activities comprise lectures, student presentations, and classroom discussions. In addition to classroom activities, students are required to do preparatory readings and to write a term paper.
Obligatorisk undervisningsaktivitet
Active participation on all days while teaching goes on in Rome is compulsory and will need to be approved by the convenors.

Forms of assessment:

- Classroom presentation of an essay in English of approx. 1,500 words on an assigned topic based on the reading list. The presentation should be written prior to attending the teaching sessions.

- Approx. 3,000 word term paper in English on a different topic than the classroom presentation. The topic will have to be approved by the convenor.

The essay and the term paper are weighted equally (50/50) when the final grade is set.

The exam assignment will be given in English.

The exam can be submitted in English.

A graded marking scale (A to F) is used. A is the top grade and F is failed.
The reading list will be published by April 1. Typically, the list will comprise primary and secondary sources and academic literature.
The summer course will be evaluated regularly.
Hjelpemiddel til eksamen
The Programme Committee for the Study of Religions at University of Bergen in Coordination with SOAS.
The Programme Committee for the Study of Religions at University of Bergen in Coordination with SOAS.
Administrativt ansvarleg
Department of archaeology, history, cultural studies and religion, University of Bergen