News media often cover religion with a focus on conflict, whereas cooperation between religious and worldview groups receives less attention. This master in religious studies offers an opportunity to dig deeper into processes of religious change in the present society.
The candidate has
- Advanced knowledge about the relationship between religion, culture and society, relevant sources of knowledge and how these are interpreted and used
- In depth knowledge concerning research methods applied within this academic field, and the scholarly debate on their content and relevance
- Advanced knowledge about the interrelationship between religion world-view, culture andsociety
The candidate can
- Analyse and critically evaluate relevant sources of knowledge about religions and worldviews
- Analyse current theories, methods and interpretations in religious studies and work independently with both theoretical and practically relevant problems
- Use relevant research methods in independent scholarly research
The candidate can
- Analyse ethical problems related to the study of religious traditions and practices
- Apply theoretical and methodological knowledge to a limited research project
- Communicate knowledge concerning the role of religion in society, and in the life of individuals, in a variety of contexts
- Discuss the potential role of religious communities as sources of conflict and reconciliation in globalized societies
- Manage and interpret information with high competence
The master study is relevant for teacher education and for teaching about religions and worldviews in secondary and upper secondary education. It also gives in depth knowledge relevant for a series of jobs in private and public sector where competencies related to human resources management, outreach to local community, internationalization and information are required. The study provides its graduates with generic competencies in processing big amounts of information, in order to map, synthetize, analyze, and interpret these. In addition the study qualifies for PhD studies.
In order to be eligible for master’s programmes in Norway, you need to document a bachelor’s degree of minimum three years. Depending on where you completed upper secondary education, you may be required to have more than three years of university education. Please check the GSU-list for detailed information and requirements for each country.
A Bachelor´s degree, which includes at least 80 ECTS credits in religion related topics is required. 30 of the 80 ECTS credits must be at advanced level.
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