Thesis colloquium

Course content

The aim of the course is to introduce students to methodological and theoretical issues relevant to the writing of their theses. Students will be introduced to methodological and theoretical positions which are important in studying religions in the ancient world as well as to the methodology of historical reconstruction. The course is partly based on joint reading of selected methodological and theoretical texts, partly on discussions of students’ presentations of their theses.


The Religious Roots of Europe

Learning outcome

The students must acquire a firm understanding of methods and theories relevant for the study of ancient religions and for historical reconstruction. They must be able to reflect on the relationship between textual material and the choice of methods and theories and on the analytical consequences of choosing particular methods and theories.

The course is based on a combination of class discussions of texts and individual student presentations.

The course literature will be given at the start of the course.

Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Type of assessment
Course participation
The course is examined through active participation in the colloquim. Active participation is defined as at least 75% attendance at classsessions and four oral presentations in class where the students discuss the preliminary problem, material, theoretical and methodological approach and outline of her or his thesis-project.
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  • Lectures
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  • English
  • 28