REDI4001 – Religion and Migration

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Course content

Migration is today one of the major international topics, both politically and ethically. Millions of persons are passing borders, many of them as refugees, others for other reasons, causes and future prospects. In this context, migration is also a topic for theology and religion. Religion is shaped and reshaped by migration, as migration is shaped and reshaped by religion.  

The aim of this course is to deepen and expand competence on the practice and content of the religion and migration contexts. Religious organizations and projects contribute decisively to migration and refugee aid in most countries.   How do these practices impact religion? What can one learn from these practices, on hospitality, justice and citizenship?

Learning outcome

The students will gain:

  • insights to specific roles and impacts of religion in the migration context
  • the ability to see and interpret how migration also formats religion
  • knowledge on interpretations of citizenship in a religion and migration context
  • competence in interpreting  hospitalities and binaries, such as the host/guest and  the victim/agent binary


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

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.

Students studying at master’s level on the Theology Programme and Teacher Education Programme may apply to the course by sending an email to


Access to teaching

The classes will be 28 hours of teaching, divided into 7 times four hours during the semester.

During the 4 hours (zoom/hybrid) units there will be a number of diversifies approaches, among others; short lectures, group discussions, curriculum presentations and choices of relevant videos from the context. Texts and discussions from the classes  are part of the mandatory requirements.


Mandatory requirement

The topic of the compulsory term paper will be given in the first class. All students need to present a term paper draft on Canvas before March 1. This draft is a precondition to submit the final term paper.

  • Participation in 2  recorded group discussions
  • 1 (1000 words) curriculum presentation in class, downloaded to Canvas 1 week after
  • A short (20 min) presentation of a given topic in class, downloaded in Canvas 1 week after


Term paper, 3000-4000 words.

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

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

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

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