TFF4500 – Queering religions in a Western context

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For the major part of Western Europe, acceptance of LGBTQI+ is growing, and changes in views and laws has passed the last 15 years, securing legal rights to this group. Different religious communities are now including Queer folks, and where LGBTQI+ people earlier were excluded, they are now openly welcomed in common worship. Many will argue that Norway is such a society, where both dominant politics, dominant cultures, and dominant Christian religion are inclusive. This inclusion is argued, on the other hand, to be acceptance within the parameters of heteronormativity.

This course will use Queer critique, to examine how Western Christian orthodoxies emphasize heteronormativity as religious inclusion, how Queer bodies bargain these expectations through cultural and religious expressions, and how Queer Theory can deconstruct the same orthodoxies.

Learning outcome

At the successful completion of this course, the students will have theoretical knowledge of how to analyze religion from a Queer critical view, and they will be able to critical discuss how both religious and queer constructions interact.


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Mandatory requirements:

One presentation 1000 Words and one response 200 words.


Three days home exam 3000-4000 words.

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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.

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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.

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Autumn 2018


Autumn 2018

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