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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
LE12108621, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0614, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HISTORY OF RELIGIONS
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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 FABRIZIO FERRARI M-STO/06

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-STO/06 History of Religions 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 Commissione 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 CREMONESI CHIARA (Presidente)
ZAGO MICHELA (Membro Effettivo)
7 Commissione 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2020 FERRARI FABRIZIO (Presidente)
CREMONESI CHIARA (Membro Effettivo)
ZAGO MICHELA (Supplente)
6 Commissione 2017/18 01/05/2018 30/11/2018 FERRARI FABRIZIO (Presidente)
CREMONESI CHIARA (Membro Effettivo)
ZAGO MICHELA (Supplente)
4 Commissione 2016/17 01/12/2016 30/11/2017 SCARPI PAOLO (Presidente)
CREMONESI CHIARA (Membro Effettivo)
ZAGO MICHELA (Supplente)

Prerequisites: No prerequisite applies
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to equip students with the necessary tools for a deeper and more sophisticate comparative analysis of religion in myth, epics and ritual, their formation and development. Students should be able to manage the basic tools for the historical study of religion and to familiarise with the opportunities offered by recent advancements in science and technology.
The course favours a multi-disciplinary approach where the historical study of religions is informed, amongst the other things, by theories and methods originally belonging to other disciplines (archaeology, medicine, botany, biology, chemistry, geology, anthropology, informatic, etc.). Students should demonstrate familiarity with primary sources, technical terminology and the historical context they belong to. Finally, the course aims to equip students with the necessary critical skills to pursue further study and research projects independently.
Examination methods: Oral examination.
Assessment criteria: Students are assessed on their:
1. subject-specific knowledge
2. ability to express themselves accurately and rigorously
3. critical skills
4. ability to make use of a multidisciplinary approach to religious texts.
Course unit contents: The course moves from an analysis of the environmental and anthropological circumstances which led to the formation of two fundamental aspects of religious culture: myth and epics (narrative) and sacrifice and ritual (action), with particular reference to the Indo-European context and the reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European language (and culture). The various sessions are designed to explore the historical development of religion through a series of themes such as cosmogony, theogony, anthropogony, time and the end of the world, the problem of violence, healing, the formation of hierarchies (human, divine, etc.), warrior ethos, renounce and asceticism. Teaching sessions are arranged in a way to facilitate a close reading of texts, including their styles and genres, and religious material culture.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Face-to-face lectures, seminar sessions with text readings; visual and audio-visual supports.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes will be beneficial for attending students.
The tutor will make handouts available to all enrolled students.
Further bibliographical information will be disseminated during sessions or in conversation with students. This is intended for general development of knowledge or for specific research interests.
Non-attending students should contact the tutor to agree the examination programme.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Burkert, Walter, Homo necansantropologia del sacrificio cruento nella Grecia anticaWalter Burkert. Torino: Boringhieri, --.
  • Dum├ęzil, Georges; Jesi, Furio, <<La >>religione romana arcaicaGeorges Dumezilcon una appendice su La religione degli etruschiedizione italiana e traduzione a cura di Furio Jesi. Milano: Rizzoli, --.
  • Watkins, Calvert, How to kill a dragonaspects of Indo-European poeticsCalvert Watkins. New York \etc.!: Oxford university press, 1995.
  • West, Martin L., Indo-european poetry and mythM. L. West. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Witzel, Michael E. J., <<The >>origins of the world's mythologiesE.J. Michael Witzel. Oxford: Oxford University Press, c2012, --.
  • Woodard, Roger D., Indo-European sacred spaceVedic and Roman cultRoger D. Woodard. Urbana: Chicago, University of Illinois Press, 2006.