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Global Religion (Current Global and Development Challenges and Solutions)

Global Religion (Current Global and Development Challenges and Solutions)
Master programme in
Global Studies * / International Development Studies * / International Public Administration and Politics * / Global and Development Studies / International Politics and Governance
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Responsible for the activity
Bjørn Thomassen (bthomas@ruc.dk)
Head of study
Study administration
ISE Registration & Exams (ise-exams@ruc.dk)
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Overall objective

A specialisation course aims to allow students to immerse themselves in the theories/theory lines and empirical issues pertaining to a particular subject area. The course equips students to competently select and argue for the applicability and relevance of a theory/theory line to given issues. The courses offered are based on the Institute's research in the field and knowledge of the highest international standard. The specific subject area of the courses will be described in the activity description.

Current Global and Development Challenges and Solutions addresses various global and development challenges, such as conflicts, questions of justice, inequality, sustainability, and effects for instance on states, markets and civil society.

Detailed description of content

This course examines the growing of the religious factor in the wider globalization processes, with a specific view toward social and political mobilization, international relations, and cultural identities. Case studies will engage the role of specific (world) religions in various parts of the world, also as seen in relation to secular forces. The course will also examine and compare how religion can be considered a (sometimes hidden) “moving force” for long-term social and political processes, and in this sense a precondition (rather than an opposite) to secularization. Finally, the course will consider where, whether and how religion is increasingly becoming a cause of political conflict or whether comparative aspects of increasingly “global religions” (global Islam, global Catholicism, global Hinduism, etc.) might not also function as bridges for peaceful global relations.

Course material and Reading list

See Moodle

Overall plan and expected work effort

26 hours lectures

26 hours student presentations + peer feedback exercises

70 hours for course assignment Reading assigned texts = approximately

78 hours (on average 6 hours preparation per week)

30 hours Preparation of exam + 40 hours Exam

Total 270 hours

Evaluation and feedback

The activity are evaluated regularly regarding the study board evaluation procedure. The activity responsible will be orientated about a potential evaluation of the activity at semesterstart. Se link to the study board evaluation praxis here https://intra.ruc.dk/nc/for-ansatte/organisering/raadnaevn- og-udvalg/oversigt-over-studienaevn/studienaevn-for-internationale-studier/arbejdet-medkvalitet- i-uddannelserne/


The objective of the advanced study course is to provide the students with advanced knowledge and understanding within a specific research area covered by one of the three pillars in Global Studies: Global Politics, Global Sociology and Global Political Economy. At least two advanced study courses will be offered per semester. The courses offered will change every semester within the following subjects:

Global Politics:

International public sector organisations and global governance Regionalisation and regional integration in international politics International security International law and human rights Global Sociology:

International Mobility and information flow International political movements and social change International civil society, law and defence Contentious identities and new global actors Global Political Economy:

Work and globalization Natural resources and geopolitics Trade, investment and global production networks International Financial Economics

Overall learning outcomes

  • Be able to explain and evaluate, using relevant terminology, the advantages and disadvantages of various theories/theory lines within the aspect of a subject area that is dealt with in the specialisation course

  • Be able to confidently and independently evaluate, select and apply relevant theories in relation to an issue

  • Be able to reflect critically on the relevance of the topic to the subject matter of the course

  • Carry out analyses on a scientific basis and deal in a creative and solution-oriented manner with central issues within the course theme

  • Communicate knowledge in language that is technically precise, well-structured and well-argued.

Form of examination
Individual written take-home assignment.

The character limit of the assignment is: 16,800-24,000 characters, including spaces.
The character limit includes the cover, table of contents, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.

The duration of the take-home assignment is 7 days and may include weekends and public holidays.

Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
Form of Re-examination
Samme som ordinær eksamen / same form as ordinary exam
Type of examination in special cases
Examination and assessment criteria

Specialised knowledge and understanding of a particular topic within one of the three pillars in Global Studies

Advanced knowledge of academic and methodological debates related to the subject

Skills in selecting and critically applying relevant theories and methods

Skills in choosing relevant theories in order to investigate a problem area

Skills in communicating and discussing theories and empirical results

Competences in assuming responsibility for and reflecting on own learning and that of fellow students by actively participating in group work, presentations and discussions

Competences in critically, independently and creatively selecting and utilising academic literature relevant to a specific research question

Exam code(s)
Exam code(s) : U60604
Last changed 07/09/2023

lecture list:

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Wednesday 13-09-2023 14:15 - 13-09-2023 16:00 in week 37
Global Religion (GDS, IPG)

Wednesday 20-09-2023 14:15 - 20-09-2023 16:00 in week 38
Global Religion (GDS, IPG)

Wednesday 27-09-2023 14:15 - 27-09-2023 16:00 in week 39
Global Religion (GDS, IPG)

Wednesday 04-10-2023 14:15 - 04-10-2023 16:00 in week 40
Global Religion (GDS, IPG)

Wednesday 11-10-2023 14:15 - 11-10-2023 16:00 in week 41
Global Religion (GDS, IPG)

Wednesday 18-10-2023 14:15 - 18-10-2023 16:00 in week 42
Global Religion (GDS, IPG)

Wednesday 25-10-2023 14:15 - 25-10-2023 16:00 in week 43
Global Religion (GDS, IPG)

Wednesday 01-11-2023 14:15 - 01-11-2023 16:00 in week 44
Global Religion (GDS, IPG)

Wednesday 08-11-2023 14:15 - 08-11-2023 16:00 in week 45
Global Religion (GDS, IPG)

Wednesday 15-11-2023 14:15 - 15-11-2023 16:00 in week 46
Global Religion (GDS, IPG)

Wednesday 29-11-2023 14:15 - 29-11-2023 16:00 in week 48
Global Religion (GDS, IPG)

Wednesday 06-12-2023 14:15 - 06-12-2023 16:00 in week 49
Global Religion (GDS, IPG)

Wednesday 13-12-2023 14:15 - 13-12-2023 16:00 in week 50
Global Religion (GDS, IPG)

Tuesday 09-01-2024 10:00 - Tuesday 16-01-2024 10:00 in week 02 and week 03
Global Religion - exam

Thursday 22-02-2024 10:00 - Thursday 29-02-2024 10:00 in week 08 and week 09
Global Religion - reexam