SAM1050 / SAM1050E

Social Movements and the New Digital Society

Bachelor in Religion and Social Science (180 credits/ ECTS)

  • Sted: HLT - Oslo
  • Språk: English
  • Emneansvarlig: Anna Erika Myrvold
  • Andre forelesere: Karl Inge Tangen
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Students must submit a 3500-word essay. Counts as 100% of the final grade. Graded A-F.


Modes of instruction: The course consists of 36 teaching hours

Course Description

The course SAM1050E provides a unique introduction to the challenges and opportunities that are created when various global social movements meet in a new and partly globalized and digitized public sphere. The course provides an introduction to how social movements arise and spread. The student will be introduced to methods and hermeneutical keys to study social movements and ask important questions such as: What visions of the future do they represent? How are they organized, and how do they use different media to create unity and spread their message? Social movements such as the feminist movement, the environmental movement, and various movements focusing on global justice will be presented. The course will also analyze the globalization of various Muslim movements, and Christian movements such as the Pentecostal movement. The student will also be presented with various models for how to develop a good open-minded society and a good public conversation. The student will have the opportunity to reflect on how they can balance the commitment to their own affairs with regard to others and to the common good.

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Learning Outcomes

The course SAM1050E Social Movements and the New Digital Society aims to provide the following learning outcomes:



  • knowledge of social science concepts such as political activism, political spaces, citizenship and identity politics
  • knowledge of selected global social movements such as feminism, the environmental movement, and various movements that focus on global justice
  • knowledge of religious movements such as the Pentecostal movement, and various Muslim movements
  • knowledge of the problems and opportunities that a high-tech and multicultural society represents in relation to social integration and public debate
  • knowledge of theories about bourgeois public and about the challenges and opportunities the new digital society represents for such theories
  • knowledge of the Norwegian political landscape in terms of religious and secular worldviews



  • ability to understand and analyze social movements, in writing and orally
  • ability to present and analyze digital sources for scientific studies and research
  • ability to reflect on religious hospitality and political tolerance as civil virtues


General Competence

  • ability and willingness to demonstrate reflective engagement with social issues one perceives as important
  • ability to balance one’s own commitment with regard to others and the common good in a pluralistic society
  • ability to reflect on one’s own attitudes toward social movements of which one is not a part

Modes of Instruction

The program consists of a combination of interactive lessons, reading of the required reading, active digital learning, and writing an assignment. In this course the identification and use of relevant digital sources will be an important part of the learning process. The course consists of 36 teaching hours. This includes lectures, work with cases, group discussions, and analysis of film and digital sources. Some of the lessons can be replaced by participation in research at HLT.


Required Reading

Campbell, Heidi (2012). “Understanding the Relationship between Religion Online and Offline in a Networked Society.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, mars 2012, vol. 80, nr. 1, p. 64–93 (30s)

Deininger, M. (2013). Global Pentecostalism: An Inquiry into the Cultural Dimensions of Hamburg: Anchor Academic Publishing. s. 13-68. (53 pp.)

Gripsrud, Jostein, Moe, Hallvard (2010). The Idea of the Public Sphere. A Reader. Lexington Press 2010, s. 235-37, 247- -310 (65 pp.)

Ebaugh, H.R. (2009). The Gülen Movement: A Sociological Analysis of a Civic Movement. s.23-46 (23 pp.)

Fuchs, Christian (2015). Social media and the public sphere. TripleC: Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society, 12 (1). pp. 57-101 (44 pp.)

Furseth, Inger (ed. (2018). Religious Complexity in the Public Sphere: Comparing Nordic Countries. (Ser. Palgrave studies in religion, politics, and policy) Palgrave MacMillan. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. Kap. 1-6.

Knox, Paul L. and Sallie A. Marston (2016). Human Geography: Places and Regions in Global Context. 7th Global Edition. Pearson Education p 369-418 (50 pages)

Moghadam, V.M. (2012). Globalization and Social Movements: Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement. Lanham Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. s.1-30, 99 -132 (63 pp. )

Plesner, Ingvill Thorson (2016). “Law and Religion in Norway” in Encyplopedia on Law and Religion, edited by Gerhard Robbers et. al, Brill.

Smith, J. K. A. (2010). Thinking in Tongues: Pentecostal Contributions to Christian Philosophy. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. Kap. 2.

Sisler, Vit (2011). Online Fatwas, Arbitration Tribunals and the Construction of Muslim Identity in the UK, i Information, Communication & Society vol. 14 no. 8, 2011. s. 1136-1159 (23 pp.)

Staggenborg, S. (2015). Social Movements. New York: Oxford University Press. (ca. 220 pp.)


Recomended Reading

Almedia, P. (2019). Social Movements: The Structure of Collective Mobilisation pp.1-190

Bretherton, L. (2011). Christianity and Contemporary Politics: The Conditions and Possibilities of Faithful Witness. Wiley-Blackwell.

Cahn, M.A., and O’Brien, R. (1996). Thinking About the Environment: Readings on Politics, Property and the Physical World. Armonk, N.Y: Routledge.

Calvert, J. (2010). Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism (New York: Columbia University Press).

Culture and Religion, vol. 12, no. 2, 2011, Special Issue: The Mediatization of Religion

Gbowee, Leymah and Mithers, Carol (2011). Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at Beast Books.

Goodwin, Jeff, Jasper, James M. (2014). The Social Movements Reader: Cases and Concepts Chichester, West Sussex, UK ; Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Guinness, Os. The Global Public Sphere. Religion and the Making of a World Safe for Diversity.  IVP 2013 (utdrag, ca. 120)

Hoffman, A.J. (2015). How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate. Stanford, California: Stanford Briefs.

Information, Communication & Society vol. 14 no. 8, 2011, Special Issue: Religion and the Internet: the online–offline connection

Ramadan, T. (2003). Western Muslims and the Future of Islam. Oxford University Press.

Sandel, M. (2007). Justice: A Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press)

Shepperd, J. W. (2002).  “Sociology of World Pentecostalism,” I The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, edited by Stanley M. Burgess and Ed M. Van der Maas s. 1083-1090

Smith, Calvin L., ed. (2010). Pentecostal Power: Expressions, Impact and Faith of Latin

American Pentecostalism.

Smith, J.K.A. (2014). How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

Steigenga and Cleary, eds. (2007). Conversions of a Continent: Contemporary religious Change in Latin America. (ca. 150s)

Tee, C. (2016). The Gülen Movement in Turkey: The Politics of Islam and Modernity. I. B. Tauris.

Tufekci, Z. (2018). The road from Tahrir to Trump, MIT Technology Review, 121(5), 10-18.

Yong, A. (2010). In the Days of Caesar: Pentecostalism and Political Theology. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing.

Yong, A. (2015). Hospitality and the Other: Pentecost, Christian Practices, and the Neighbor

Wall, D. (1993). Green History: A Reader in Environmental Literature, Philosophy and Politics. London: New York: Routledge.

Walters, M. (2006). Feminism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford : Oxford University Press.

Wariboko, N. (2014). The Charismatic City and the Public Resurgence of Religion: A Pentecostal Social Ethics of Cosmopolitan Urban Life. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.


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