Religion, Beliefs and Ethics 1: Eastern Religions, Christianity, Ethics and Views of Humanity RLE 102

Learning outcome


The student will have gained broad basic knowledge and be able to give an account of:

  • The religions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity: their diversity and different movements, religious content, and beliefs, practices, ethics and aesthetic expression.
  • Some more recent religious movements with roots in eastern religious traditions.
  • The sacred texts of Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity: their main content, historical background and some important stories. In Christianity the emphasis will be given to New Testament texts.
  • The history of Christianity in Norway up until and including the period of the Reformation.
  • Comparison and dialogue between the different religions and beliefs with an emphasis on Norwegian conditions.
  • A selection of secular beliefs.
  • Different views of humanity and their background in religious and philosophical traditions.
  • Ethical theories and models and their use in relation to some relevant issues.
  • The subject, Religion, Belief and Ethics: its role in Norwegian schools and comparison with the teaching of religions and beliefs in other countries.
  • The subject’s role as one that encourages dialogue in a pluralistic society.


The student will be able to:

  • Plan, implement and evaluate the teaching of the subject in an independent and thoroughly professional manner.
  • Implement adaptive teaching in the subject, including in relation to students with backgrounds of different faiths and different beliefs.
  • Combine the requirement of objective, critical and pluralistic teaching in the subject with varied teaching and learning methods that engage the pupils, and use appropriate forms of assessment.
  • Facilitate the development of pupils’ basic skills.
  • Use the internet and IT-based teaching aids in a critical and pedagogically appropriate way in teaching.


The students will be able to:

  • Gain professional and ethical competence and be able to view this in the context of religious and belief-related traditions, especially in relation to different views of humanity.
  • Facilitate collaboration between home, school and the local community and understand the role of mediating values in a multicultural society.

Course Description

The course is aimed at students’ period of teaching practice in primary schools, especially in relation to using varied teaching and learning methods and acquiring basic skills.

Students will learn to work with a basic didactic approach, where questions about the subject (what) and method (how) will be actively practiced in relation to reflection concerning what is a legitimate subject and topics in society and in relation to the overarching goals of the school (why) . The two 15 ECTS credit units may be taken in any order, but in order to gain teaching competence students are required to take both.

Religion, Beliefs and Ethics, is also an educative subject in the sense that it focuses on strengthening the student’s assessment and ability to act. This will enable the student to collaborate with colleagues and pupils regarding the challenges in a multicultural society in relation to religious, belief-related, philosophical and ethical issues.

Learning Methods

The course can be offered to different groups of students in different years of study in the teacher education study programme; the organisation of the course can therefore vary.

The course includes lectures, mandatory group discussions and written assignments, individually and in groups. Parts of the course will be conducted using the data learning system NEFSIS. Students should be prepared for self-study for some parts of the course.

Compulsory parts of the instruction will be specified in the semester plan. This concerns the teaching in preparation for the period of teaching practice, practical demonstrations and discussions of key didactic methods and themes.

Assessment Methods

The student must have attended at least 80% of the compulsory parts of the course in order to be permitted to sit the final examination.

Students must submit 3-4 assignments of varying size and scope, and these assignments must be approved before the student can sit the final examination / test. Some of the assignments may be group projects.

The course includes a final oral examination. The first part of the oral examination will be based on one or two of the assignments which the student has submitted.

Minor adjustments may occur during the academic year, subject to the decision of the Dean

Publisert av / forfatter Ian Hector Harkness <> - 11/07/2011