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REL4016 – New themes in Religious Studies - Mythological Motives - Digital Corpus Analysis

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The course is offered in connection with various research activities, visits by guest researchers, the arranging of research seminars or conferences, as well as planned and ongoing research.

Spring 2015:
The course has as its aim to perform motif analysis on mythological corpora as the classical Greek literature, the Old Norse, the classical Irish, Vedic and Mesopotamian literatures.

The course will relate to the methodologies of earlier attempts at motif analysis, as that of Stith-Thompson and others, but will also employ digital methods for such analyses.

The same course was also offered spring 2014.

Learning outcome

Students will acquire knowledge of current topics and reseach in history of religion.
The level of teaching will be close to that of reseach, and prior knowledge of the topic of the course is required.
For specifications, see the detailed course description in the link above.

Spring 2015:
The course will train students in thinking about motif analysis on the basis of the classical methods of such, but also within the digital field, in the way that computers will be used for analysis, and results will be published on the internet.


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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Acceptance as a Master student.

Recommended previous knowledge

Bacherlor's Degree with major in History of Religion.


The class is organized as a supervised reading course with seminars throughout the semester. A seminar schedule will be published on the semester web page.

The students have to hand in a first draft of the essay they plan to write, including a list of sources, in order to qualify for the essay exam. This obligatory assignment is graded 'pass' or 'fail'.

More information on the term paper (essay) will be given at the first seminar and published on the semester web page.

See guidelines for obligatory activity at HF


Term paper (essay), 8-10 pages (18-22 000 characters including spaces, 12 pt, 1.5 lines).

The obligatory first draft must be submitted by the set deadline and passed in order for the student to qualify for the essay exam.

The deadline for both the first draft and the final term paper will be published on the semester web page.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Offered on infrequent basis


Offered on infrequent basis

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)