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Yoga: Historical and Critical Perspectives

Master’s level
7,5 credits (ECTS)


Yoga and meditation are today commonly used elements within the fields of religion and personal development as well as health and wellness. The course deals with research on yoga and meditation both through theories and themes, and through analyses of concrete traditions. By highlighting both historical roots and contemporary developments the course aims at giving an overview of the development of yoga from a culture-specific to a global phenomenon. The focus lays on traditions originating in South Asia, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, but comparisons are made with other religions such as Christianity.

Prerequisites and selection


Bachelor’s degree or University studies equal to a Bachelor’s degree, including an approved Bachelor thesis of at least 15 credits. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 5/English A from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.