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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP5070009, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP1980, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2019/20
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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
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in HUMAN RIGHTS AND MULTI-LEVEL GOVERNANCE

Teacher in charge GIUSEPPE GIORDAN SPS/08
Other lecturers OLGA BRESKAYA SPS/07

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

Course unit organization
Period Second 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 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2013 course timetable

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 narratives 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 presnted and discussed in class.
2. Written exam: answering 4 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)
  • John Witte, Christian Green (eds), Religion and Human Rights. An Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ani Sarkissian, The varieties of Religious Repression. Why Governments restrict Religion.. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Problem solving

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

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