Reformations in Europe

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

Objectives and Content:

The course provides an overview of the history of Protestant Reformation and its long-term consequences, with a focus on selected European regions (mainly East-Central and South-Eastern Europe, and the Nordic countries), processes denominational formation, institutionalization, the development of national identities) and concepts (confessionalization, religious tolerance, ethno-religious communities). The course also aims to offer an introduction into the various approaches and currents in Reformation historiography.

See description of the topic here.

Learning Outcomes

The student shall by the end of the course have gained the following learning outcome defined in knowledge, skills, and general competence:


The student

  • has a general knowledge of European Reformation history and its long-term consequences, with a focus on the regions mentioned above; a general knowledge of central processes and concepts connected to the Reformation; a general knowledge of major currents in Reformation historiography


The student

  • has the capability of analyzing and drawing conclusions of one's own in connection with complex themes
  • has the capability of producing a text in accordance with the relevant rules for academic writing.

General competence:

The student

  • has the ability of working with larger amounts of material within a limited time period, and the ability of synthesizing and presenting it


Full time

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Due to course overlap, students cannot combine RELV236 and RELV336. If combined, the outcome of credits will be reduced with 15 ECTS credits.
Access to the Course
The course is open to students enrolled in the University of Bergen
Teaching and learning methods
Approximately 10 lectures (20 hours)
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
A written review of one of the books from the compulsory reading list (up to 750 words).
Forms of Assessment

Forms of assessment:

  • A mid-term essay of approx. 3000 words. Date of submission and topic will be announced in Inspera.
  • Take-home examination (5 days) of approx. 3000 words at the end of the semester.

The take-home examination counts for 50%, the mid-term essay for 50% of the final course grade. Both must be passed in order to pass the course.

The exam assignment will be given in English.

The exam can be submitted in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading Scale
A graded scale (A to F), where A is the top grade and F is the failing grade.
Assessment Semester
Spring. There will be an assessment in the autumn semester following the teaching semester (only for students with valid mandatory course requriments).
Reading List

The reading list consists of approximately 1000-1500 pages.

The reading list is published by July 1st for the autumn semester and by December 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation
The course unit will be evaluated regularly.
Examination Support Material
Programme Committee
The Programme Committee for The Study of Religion
Course Coordinator
The Programme Committee for The Study of Religions, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies, and Religion (AHKR)
Course Administrator
Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion (AHKR)