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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP5070009, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP1980, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination RELIGIONS AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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

Teacher in charge GIUSEPPE GIORDAN SPS/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SPS/08 Sociology of Culture and Communication 6.0

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

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

Start of activities 25/09/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Basic concepts of sociology and sociology of religion
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide a critical overview of the complex relationship between religions and human rights. Since religion and rights are defined differently across the social, cultural and political spectrum, the place of religion is itself controversial. Students will have the opportunity to deepen the two dominant narrative about this nexus, and that is “religion opposes human rights”, with its authority structures and truth claims, and “religion engages human rights”, where religious actors and ideas play a crucial role in the articulation and advancement of human rights in practice. The contribution of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Indigenous religions to the development of human rights will be presented.
Examination methods: 1. A written paper of about 2,000 words on a topic related to the course unit contents. The paper will be presented and discussed in class.
2. Written exam: answering 5 open questions in a session of about an hour and a half.
Assessment criteria: Class participation, presentation of the paper and written exam.
Course unit contents: 1. Studying religion: the politics of definition
2. Religion and modernity: the secularization debate
3. Religion, spirituality, and the post-secularization approach
4. Religious diversity and cultural pluralism
5. The sociology of religious freedom
6. Human rights and religious traditions
7. Religion and human rights issues
8. Religion, conflict, and peacebuilding
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will be based on lectures, class discussions, presentations by students, contributions by guest scholars.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Reading materials will be provided at the beginning of the course
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Witte, John; Green, M. Christian (edited by), Religion and human rights. An introduction. Oxford, New York: Oxford University press, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Sarkissian, Ani, The varieties of religious repression. Why governments restrict religion. Oxford, New York: Oxford University press, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo