Specialization Course with Term Paper

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course aims to provide that the student will attain in-depth knowledge in a specific historical or systematical area.

The student has the possibility to choose one of possibly several alternative topics, such as a specialization in a specific religion or religious phenomenon, or in a systematical or theoretical topic.

Learning Outcomes

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


The student

  • has in-depth knowledge about the topic
  • has knowledge about the topic's history, traditions and characteristic
  • has knowledge on central issues and questions concerning the topic


The student

  • can analyse relevant literature and draw own conclusions
  • can examine current theories, methods and interpretations in connection with the topic
  • can find relevant specialized information
  • can write a reflective text on the topic
  • can present on specialized topics in an academic setting

General competence:

The student

  • has general competence on the topic
  • has experience in developing specific research questions, analyses and conclusions related to the topic

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Autumn and spring, but not regularly

Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Recommended precious knowledge, may be specified in the description of the respective course alternatives.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Due to course overlap, students can not take RELV302SEM in combination with RELV202SEM, same topic. 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
In addition to lectures and seminars, the course can be taught in the form of individual student supervision.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Minimum of one supervision is required.
Forms of Assessment

The exam has two parts:

  • a supervised term paper (about 6000 words)
  • an adjusting oral examination.

The exam assignment will be given in the language of instruction in the course.

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

Grading Scale
A grading scale from A to F is used, where F is the failing grade.
Assessment Semester

Examination is given in Semesters of Instruction.

Students who can document illness at the time of the examination, are allowed to take the examination in the first following semester (semester without instruction).

Reading List

The reading list is compiled by the department and comprises around 1000-1500 pages. Teaching and examination are based on the reading list.

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 Religions
Course Coordinator
The Programme Committee for The Study of Religions
Course Administrator
Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies- and Religion