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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SPM0014436, A.A. 2018/19

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SP1419, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION
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 is available ONLY for students enrolled in SOCIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Teacher in charge GIUSEPPE GIORDAN SPS/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SPS/08 Sociology of Culture and Communication 9.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2010 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
10 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 GIORDAN GIUSEPPE (Presidente)
BERTOLO MARIA CARLA (Membro Effettivo)
9 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 GIORDAN GIUSEPPE (Presidente)
BERTOLO MARIA CARLA (Membro Effettivo)
8 2017/18 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 GIORDAN GIUSEPPE (Presidente)
BERTOLO MARIA CARLA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Specific prerequisites are not required.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide the basic theoretical and conceptual tools of sociology of religion and a sociological overview on the relationship between religions and the contemporary world.
The skills that will be developed are the abilities to address the study of the functions of religion within complex societies.
Examination methods: The exam will consist of a written test in a session of 90 minutes with 4 open questions. The four questions aim to verify the acquisition of the basic theoretical and conceptual tools of sociology. Each answer will be assigned a score from 0 to 7.5.
Assessment criteria: The written exam is assessed based on correctness of the answers, quality of argumentation, clarity of exposition; also are considered: appropriateness of sociological terminology, correct sociological understanding of case studies, pertinence of personal comments, if any.
Course unit contents: 1. From the sacred to the religion
2. Definitions of religion
3. What is religion for (phenomenology and functionalism)
4. How religion is made (symbols, beliefs, rituals, morality)
5. Organizing religion (churches, sects, new religious movements, cults, New Age)
6. Identity and religion (religiosity, religious experience, bricolage, religion and politics, religion and migration, fundamentalism, popular religion)
7. Religion and social change (secularization, rational choice theory, post-secular society)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: 1. Frontal teaching: the lectures will always try to involve the students, especially in the analysis of case studies.
2. Discussions in the classroom: the lessons will try to stimulate the discussion of the students.
3. Workshops with experts: workshops with national and international experts will be organized within the course.
Attendance is strongly recommended.
Additional notes about suggested reading: 1. The exam bibliography, texts and powerpoints presented in class will be available on the Moodle page of the course
2. On the Moodle page will also be uploaded additional information on the bibliography and on the bibliography useful for those wishing to deepen some specific topics.
3. Students are invited to study the article by Linda Woodhead (2011), Five concepts of religion, International Review of Sociology, 21 (1), 121-143.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Pace, Enzo, Introduzione alla sociologia delle religioni. Roma: Carocci, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Pace, Enzo, Le religioni nell'Italia che cambia. Mappe e bussole. Roma: Carocci, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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