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Course unit, curriculum year 2023–2024

Debating Religion in Russia, 5 cr

Tampere University
Teaching periods
Course code
Language of instruction
Academic years
2021–2022, 2022–2023, 2023–2024
Level of study
Advanced studies
Grading scale
General scale, 0-5
Persons responsible
Kaarina Aitamurto
Responsible organisation
Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences 100 %

This course offers tools for critical reading of discussions about religion in Russia. In the classes, the students learn about different religious traditions, legislation and governance in Russia. However, the main emphasis on teaching the students to assess contemporary Russian discourses related to religion, to detect their underlying assumptions, ideological commitments and ways of understanding religion.

The course includes eight meetings, each of which contain a lecture but also discussions about the material that the students have read or watched beforehand. This material composes of both research articles but also blog texts and videos that are analyzed in the class.

This lecture course is funded by Russia and Eastern Europe Studies (REES) network. The course is organized by Tampere University.

Learning outcomes
Studies that include this course
Completion option 1
This course is taught only in the spring term 2023.

Participation in teaching

No scheduled teaching