EDS376 Religion, Politics and Islam

Credits (ECTS):10

Course responsible:Stig Jarle Hansen

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Engelsk

Course frequency:Even years, spring term

Nominal workload:250 hours

Teaching and exam period:This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.

About this course

What is Religion? What is Political Islam? How does Religion influence politics? Should religion influence politics? In the late 60s, the questions would probably been answered with a claim that religion was becoming irrelevant, but the Iranian Revolution, the role of the Catholic church in the Polish solidarity movement, the rise of Taliban, and September 11th as well as the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab spring, all put a question mark behind this assumption.

Learning outcome

1. Students should gain a good understanding of the political aspects of religion

2. Students should be able to show how and why theories about religion have evolved over time

  • Lectures, class discussions
  • Lectures, Canvas, supervision
  • EDS374
  • Combined assessment. Term paper (6000 words) counts 40%, and final written exam, 2 hours, counts 60% of final grade
  • External examiner will evaluate term papers
  • 2/3 attendance
  • Nominal workload 48 hours of lectures and seminars. In addition the students do extensive reading and individual studies, and write a term paper wich will amount to 202 hours. The total student working hours will be around 250 hours.
  • M-IR
  • Letter grades
  • Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)