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School of Economics and Political Science
INTERNATIONAL POLITICS AND DIPLOMACY
Course unit
RELATIONS BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE
SPL1001760, A.A. 2015/16

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2014/15

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
INTERNATIONAL POLITICS AND DIPLOMACY
SP1426, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2015/16
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination RELATIONS BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge ROSSELLA ALESSANDRA BOTTONI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines IUS/11 Canon and Ecclesiastic Law 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 01/10/2015
End of activities 23/01/2016
Show course schedule 2018/19 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Syllabus
Prerequisites: None, but students are expected to be familiar with the fundamental notions of general culture taught at previous levels of education.
Target skills and knowledge: FUNDAMENTAL NOTIONS
- Models of State-religious denominations relations in European countries
- European standards of protection of the right to religious freedom
- Legal regulation of the religious factor in Italy
- Legal regulation of Islam and the religious factor in a selected group of countries with a Muslim majority and minority.
SKILLS
- Use of legal language and technical terms
- Making sense of the legal texts examined in the course
- Development of legal reasoning
- Development of oral arguments
- Autonomous evaluation of the case law examined in the course
Examination methods: The course is divided into four parts. The contents of the first and second parts will be evaluated through a written questionnaire. The contents of the third and fourth parts will be evaluated through an oral exam.
Assessment criteria: The written questionnaire aims to evaluate the knowledge of the fundamental notions examined in Parts I and II as well as the ability to make sense of legal texts.
The oral exam aims to evaluate the knowledge of the fundamental notions examined in Parts III and IV as well as the ability to use legal language, technical terms, legal reasoning and oral arguments.
The written questionnaire will count for up to 10 points of the final course mark. The oral exam on Part III will count for up to 13 points of the final course mark. The oral exam on Part IV will count for up to 7 points of the final course mark. Honours will be awarded to students attending and actively taking part in class discussions.
Course unit contents: PART I: RELATIONS BETWEEN STATE AND RELIGIOUS DENOMINATIONS IN EUROPE
The traditional classification of models of State-Church relations. The systems of union or subordination, the systems of coordination, the systems of separation: historical evolution.
Religion and State orientation. Confessionism and secularism.
The "European model" of State-religious denominations relations:
- Religious denominations' doctrinal and organisational autonomy.
- State's selective collaboration with religious denominations.
PART II: EUROPEAN STANDARDS OF PROTECTION OF THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE AND RELIGION
- The right to believe or not to believe. The Weltanschauungen protected by Article 9 of the European Convention of Human Rights.
- The right to manifest one's religion or belief in teaching. Proselytism.
- The right to manifest one's religion or belief in worship. Places of worships. Mosques and minarets.
- The right to manifest one's religion or belief in practice and observance. Religious symbols. Religious dietary rules. Days of rest and prayers.
The "right to do" consistently with one's Weltanschauung: marriage, family, education.
The "right not to do" consistently with one's Weltanschauung. The objection of conscience.
PART III: LEGAL REGULATION OF THE RELIGIOUS FACTOR IN ITALY
The sources of Ecclesiastical law
The right to freedom of religion
Religion and the principle of equality:
- The equality of citizens before the law
- The equal freedom of religious denominations
- The prohibition to discriminate entities on the grounds of religion
The relations between the State and religious denominations:
- The principles
- The relations with the Catholic Church
- The relations with the religious denominations other than the Catholic Church
- The funding of religious denominations
PART IV: LEGAL REGULATION OF ISLAM AND THE RELIGIOUS FACTOR IN COUNTRIES WITH A MUSLIM MAJORITY AND MINORITY.
Countries with a Muslim majority:
- The principle of secularism in Turkey and Tunisia
- Islam as the State religion in Morocco and Egypt
- Shari'ah as a source of the legal system in Egypt and Malaysia
Countries with a Muslim minority:
- Legal pluralism as an instrument of protection of religious minorities in Kenya and Singapore
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures; powerpoint presentations.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The students regularly attending class are required to study their own notes as well as the material provided for and available from the beginning of the course at the copy center of the Ettore Anchieri library.
The other students are required to study the material provided for and available from the beginning of the course at the copy center of the Ettore Anchieri library.
Please note that the material for attending students is different from the material for non-attending students, and that the material provided for in the past years may not be used as this is updated every year.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)