This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

The aim of this course is to give students in-depth knowledge of how religion is represented in different contexts and by different actors. Issues of representation are addressed from the perspective of various theories and methodologies and by exploring empirical examples from research into art, medialization and education.

Learning outcome

  • Have advanced knowledge of theoretical perspectives on how religion is represented in art, media and education
  • Have advanced knowledge of how representations of religion can be researched and discussed
  • Have knowledge of examples of representation of religion

  • Be able to explain how and why religion is differently represented
  • Be able to analyse representations of religion in art, media and education
  • Be able to discuss different aspects of representation of religion

Generic competence
  • Be able to differentiate different human expressions of meaning and how they are influenced by and themselves influence different contexts where they appear
  • Have a critical understanding of theories of religion


Religion is a complex concept in the contemporary world and issues of representation is a fruitful way to explore this complexity. The course focuses on how religion is represented in different socio-cultural spheres of life and work, mainly in Western or globalized contexts and more particularly in art, through different forms of medialisation and in educational settings. Forms of representation and different contexts of representation are explored from various theoretical, methodological and empirical perspectives. Together this will also produce ideas about possible themes and questions relevant for the student's Master thesis.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Weight Duration Marks Aid
Home exam1/16 daysA - FAll.
Home exam 3000 words +/- 10 % not including appendices, references and large tables.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher
Geir Skeie , Anne Kathrine Kalvig
Course coordinator
Jon Skarpeid

Method of work

Lectures, seminars, group work

Open to

Open to students at Master of Religion, Culture and Society, Lektorutdanning trinn 8 - 13 and as a singel course.

Course assessment

Survey by department


Literature (to be completed):
Jackson, R. (2004). Rethinking Religious Education and Plurality. Issues in Diversity and Pedagogy. London: Routledge Falmer. (221 p).
Hjarvard, Stig and Lövheim, Mia (eds.) (2012). Mediatization and Religion: Nordic Perspectives. Gothenburg: Nordicom. (210 p).
Graham, Gordon. 2017. Philosophy, Art, and Religion: Understanding Faith and Creativity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (200 p).
Bannister, Peter. (2013). "The Offence of Beauty in Modern Western Art Music." Relgions 4 (4):687 700.
Jasper, David. (2011). "The arts and modern Christian architecture." Theology 114 (5):353-362
Kalvig, Anne (2014). "Death in Times of Secularization and Sacralization: The Mediating and Re-Mediating of the Utøya Tragedy in the Norwegian Public" in D. Refslund Christensen and K. Sandvik (eds.) Mediating and Re-Mediating Death (Death, Materiality and the Origin of Time series, vol II). (pp. 23-42). Farnham: Ashgate..
Kalvig, Anne (2015). "Shared Facilities: the Fabric of Shamanism, Spiritualism, and Therapy in a Nordic Setting" in J. Lewis, S. E. Kraft and T. Fonneland (eds.) Nordic Neoshamanisms (New Religions and Alternative Spirituality series). (pp. 67-88). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Kuppinger, Petra (2017). Religion, art and creativity in the global city. Culture and Religion, 18(4), 343-352.
Moberg, Marcus. 2012. "Religion in Popular Music or Popular Music as Religion? A Critical Review of Scholarly Writing on the Place of Religion in Metal Music and Culture." Popular Music and Society 35 (1):113-130.
Saunders, Robert A., 2014. "Primetime Paganism: Popular-Culture Representations of Europhilic Polytheism in Game of Thrones and Vikings." Correspondences 2:2, (pp.121-157).
Skeie, G. (2013). "A Contextual Turn in Research on Religion and Education?" In G. Skeie, J. Everington, I. t. Avest, & S. Miedema (Eds.), Exploring Context in Religious Education Research (pp. 249-272). Münster: Waxmann.
Skeie, G. (2015). "What Does Conceptualisation of Religion Have to Do with Religion in Education?" In L. V.
Arragon & L. G. Beaman (Eds.), Issues in Religion and Education. Whoose Religion? (pp. 126-155). Leiden: Brill.
Jackson, R. (1997): "The Representation of Religion". In Jackson, R. (1997). Religious education: an interpretive approach. (pp 49-71). London: Hodder & Stoughton.
Whyte, William. 2006. "How Do Buildings Mean? Some Issues of Interpretation in the History of Architecture." History and Theory 45 (2):153-177. 15 pp.

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 18.09.2019