REDI4000 – Interreligious relations: Defining Moments, Current Encounters

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

Religions are part of complex societies, facing other faiths and intersecting differences based on gender, class and culture. How can we understand the relation between faith, culture and politics, when people of different religious belonging (or no belonging) coexist, get involved in conflict, or engage each other in dialogue? How do different religious traditions cope with diversity and pluralism, in their current theological reflection? And how can we understand the phenomenon of multiple religious belonging?

Searching for defining moments, the course will also discuss how memories of the past inform current encounters. Through an elective reading, the course will allow an in-depth contextual study of a particular aspect of interreligious relations (historical or current). Theoretically, the course will explore the scholarly field of interreligious studies.

Learning outcome

Upon completion of the course, students should (1) have obtained critical insight about different aspects of interreligious relations. They should (2) be able to discuss how current religious encounters are influenced by history and shifting socio-political contexts. The student should also (3) be able to engage constructively in current discussions about interreligious dialogue.   


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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.

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Students in the six-year professional study of theology must have completed the first three years of the study programme.


All lectures will be held during a compact seminar in Oslo.

Mandatory requirements

During the course the following assignments must be fulfilled:

1) A text of ca. 1000 Words with a personal reflection on "defining moments" in the relation between different religions in your own context

2) A text of ca. 1000 Words on a specified part of the general reading list, plus a short response in Canvas to the assignment of a fellow student

3) A book review of 1000 to 1250  words related to a monograph chosen by the student (cf. "elective study" in the reading list)

The student may be asked to present the assignment in class.


Paper 3000-4000 words.

Three alternative topics will be given in Canvas on 9th November (or the subject will chosen by the student within a designated date and approved by the teacher). The paper shall be submitted on 9th December in Inspera.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

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.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or 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

Resit an examination

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

Every autumn
Every autumn
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