Religious Studies III including Bachelor Degree Thesis

30 Credits
First Cycle Level 2
School of Humanities and Media Studies
Subject field
Religious Studies (RKA)
Group of Subjects
Religious Studies
Disciplinary Domain
Humanities, 100%
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study
Religious Studies1
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study
Approved, 13 February 2017.
This syllabus is valid from 13 February 2017.


  • A minimum of 150 HEC including at least one essay of 7,5 HEC, comprising at least 60 HEC in religious studies, or equivalent knowledge.

Summary in English

After completion of the course, students shall be able to:

1. Religion, Identity, Faith and Ideologies: Theory and Method

  • demonstrate familiarity with key theories and methods of religious studies
  • problematize aspects related to intersectionality in terms of power and the formation of identity
  • discuss and reflect on how theoretical aspects can contribute to a deeper understanding about conflicts between values and rights in a society characterized by diversity
  • demonstrate the ability to independently identify, formulate and work with problems and communicate this in speech and text.

2. Elective Literature course

  • demonstrate advanced knowledge about a theme or a particular religious tradition from an ethical, historical or sociological perspective
  • demonstrate an understanding of, and an ability to apply and reflect on different ethical, historical or sociological perspectives, theories and methods in relation to relevant problems
  • communicate theoretically and methodologically substantiated knowledge within an ethical, historical or sociological area
  • reflect on their own knowledge process and demonstrate the ability to independently identify areas where their skills need to be developed
  • demonstrate an analytical ability and critical attitude in relation to a defined field of knowledge with the scientific relevance of religion
  • demonstrate an understanding of the field‘s relevance and role in society.

3. Degree Thesis

  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge about a theme that relates to the ethics, history of religion or sociology of religion, or a particular tradition
  • independently identify and formulate a problem and purpose relevant for ethics, history of religions, or sociology of religions
  • based on a presentation of a problem independently systematize, analyze, and critically discuss previous research
  • based on a specific purpose and adequate presentation of a problem, identify, evaluate, and collect relevant source material
  • independently perform a systematic study using relevant and academically founded theory and methods
  • articulate constructive criticism on texts written by others, as well as respond to criticism and process academically their own texts based on relevant criticism
  • demonstrate an awareness of research ethics and an ability to prevent problems of research ethics in a study.