DIAK4223 – Citizenship

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Course content

This course will present influential perspectives and the current discussion on the issue of citizenship. Citizenship is a word, which covers everything from national, legal citizenship via Human Rights to the contemporary focusing on the specific interest of the group or the community. The course will intorduce to both a theoretical and a more practical skill for the interpretation and presentation of the different positions. One specific focus will be given to the tension between the interest of groups and the rights of an individual.

One important topic in the course will be whether marginalized people and groups represent a specific challenge for the interpretation of citizenship. A central issue will obviously be the impact of Christian social practice on the development and quality of citizenship. In modernity one saw this relation as an opposisition. In post-modernity and in the context of post-colonial theory and practice the situation os often the oppposite. The course will relate to this discussion, both as a theoretical and a practical issue. A visit to one or two practical projects will be arranged to establish some common cases to discuss among the participants.

Learning outcome

  • The students should know and present the most influential theories of citizenship, both historically and in the current discussion
  • The course will train the competence to interpret praxis from the point of vuiew of citizenship theories
  • The significance of religion (Christianity) in the citizenship practice and theory


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Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

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


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Bachelors' degree with 80 credits within the fields of religion and theology, social sciences, history, or acceptance into one of the master programmes of the faculty.


Obligatory requirements:

  • Early in the semester all students are to present an outline of the final assignment.
  • In the second half of the semester all students are to hold a presentation in the class based on a book or a lecture.

There will be a two-day field trip to Sweden where we will visit the illegal immigrants in the city of Gothenburg.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


A term paper of some 3000-4000 words.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

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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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

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