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CONT4401 – Religion: Source of Conflicts – Resource for Peace

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Course content

This course will study the role and function of religion in peace and conflict situations in ethical, political and interfaith perspectives. Main themes include (1) the relation between religious traditions and violence, as exemplified in selected conflict situations, (2) resources for dialogue and peacebuilding in religious traditions, in view of concrete peace processes; (3) concepts of faith-based diplomacy and theories about global ethic; (4) questions of legitimacy, just war and vulnerability; and (5) feminist perspectives on war and peace.

Learning outcome

Upon the completion of this course, students should (a) have obtained critical insight in the various ways in which religion and religiosity influence social and political conflicts; (b) have gained deeper knowledge about particular conflicts and/or peace processes in which religion has played a significant role (c) have developed insights in skills that are need in conflict resolution, and understanding of how religious resources may be mobilized for peace.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Bachelor degree with an emphasis in theology, Christian/religious studies, social sciences or arts, 40 units or equivalent.


Obligatory activities:
During the course,(1) a 1000 word reflection on a specified part of the reading list and (2) responses to fellow students and (3) a draft of the term paper will be submitted in Fronter and/or discussed in class.


At the end of the term the student will submit a term paper in about 3000-4000 words. The paper can either be in English or in Norwegian

The examinations and evaluations are graded using letter grades with a descending scale from A to E for passes and F for fail.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Students who due to illness or other valid reason of absence were unable to sit for their final exams may apply for participation in make-up exams. Make-up exams are arranged either later in the same semester or early in the semester following the exam in question. Documentation of valid reasons for absence from the regular exam must be submitted upon application to participate in make-up exams.

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Spring 2008


Spring 2008

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