- Emnekode: SAM5020
- Studiepoeng: 10
- Semester: Høst
- Språk: Engelsk
Key Issues in the study of religion SAM5020
SAM5020 aims to provide students with advanced knowledge of selected key issues in the study of religion. To do this, it draws on cutting edge research-based here at MF. The aim is to connect master's level education with ongoing research, provide students with the skills to read and engage with up to date research and establish a better understanding of the kinds of research engagement with religion that underpins the RiCS (and other) masters programmes.
The course will consist of three parts: In the introductory part of the course, students will acquire relevant conceptual maps in order to understand the more specific discussions in ongoing research. The remaining two parts of the course will present a key issue, chosen in line with ongoing research at MF. The issues will change regularly, e.g. in two-year cycles.
The course will aim at providing the students with substantive knowledge of key controversies and tensions involving religion in society, as well as the development of familiarity with the craft of research.
The present iteration focuses on researching politicised religious othering. This topic will be the focus of the first part of the course and will investigate the relationship between religion and concepts such as race, racism, caste, colonialism and de/anticolonialism. This first part of the course serves as a combined preparation for investigating two ongoing research projects based at MF, namely INTERSECT and MYTHOPOLITICS.
The second and third parts of the course will be held in close cooperation with research within INTERSECT and MYTHOPOLITICS. The second part of the course will look at intersecting flows of global Islamophobia. The third part of the course will look at the role of Hindu myths and mythic narratives in the South Asian contemporary political field.
In order to receive a final assessment, the student must:
- Take active part in a minimum of 75% of the formal teaching activities.
- Have approved 6 short reading responses, following guidelines detailed in Canvas.(this applies only fall 2023)
- Participate in the in-depth evaluation of the course if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term.
When course requirements are not fulfilled, this will count as one examination attempt, unless the student withdraws before the set deadline (1 November).
To gain credit for the course, the student must fulfil all the requirements and pass a portfolio exam containing two essays. One essay will be a reflection on the reading responses. The other essay will be on a topic set by the course coordinator and made available when teaching ends. Each essay should be between 2000 and 2500 words.
The exam is assessed with grades A-F.
The students are allowed to use material developed in the portfolio of reading responses in their final exam.
The student has:
- Advanced knowledge of selected issues and debates in research about politicised religious othering.
- Good knowledge of selected empirical case studies that illustrate research about politicised religious othering
The student can:
- Read and critically discuss academic texts from cutting edge research about politicised religious othering.
- Participate in discussions and other classroom activities, displaying awareness of their positionality within the larger guild of academic studies of religion, as well as in wider societal discussions.
- Apply academic concepts and theories to analyse, interpret and discuss politicised religious othering.
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