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HISTORY OF RELIGIONS

CODE 94736
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 9 cfu during the 3nd year of 8455 FILOSOFIA (L-5) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 2nd year of 8459 STORIA (L-42) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 8465 METODOLOGIE FILOSOFICHE (LM-78) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-STO/06
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The History of Religions, based on the comparative method, is open by vocation to the universality of religious facts. Alien as it is, to particularisms axiological evaluations, this discipline represents in the age of globalization an essential instrument of education to pluralism and the recognition of otherness. Starting from this methodological structure, the course aims to analyze some key concepts concerning the study of religions and some concrete cases.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The aim of the course is the acquisition of adequate methodological, historical and theoretical understanding, and of a heuristic and judgment autonomy. A closely related aim is to promote a correct and mature evaluation of the religious issues of our globalized and interreligious time, as well as orient in the peculiar problems concerning personal and collective life.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    To develop the ability to engage in constructive dialogue regarding questions of religious faith and values as they are encountered in local and global cultures.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Lessons will be held in presence. Attendance, although not compulsory, is recommended. Only those who attend lessons in presence will be deemed attending students. The teacher, upon specific request by single students, could allow them to access the recordings of the lessons via Teams at the end of the teaching.

    Those who request lessons are considered not attending-students, therefore they are asked to contact the teacher in order to arrange a different program.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Contents for students who are taking the 6-CFU course:

     

    Part I: Introduction to the History of Religions

    The first part introduces the method and object proper to the History of religions, as well as the most peculiar themes of historical-religious research. Finally, it aims to offer a critical and problematic view of the religious phonomenon in itself and in its historical dimension.

     

    Contents for students who are taking the 9-CFU course:

     

    Part I: Introduction to the History of Religions

    The first part introduce the method and object proper to the History of religions, as well as the most peculiar themes of historical-religious research. Finally, it aims to offer a critical and problematic view of the religious phonomenon in itself and in its historical dimension.

    Part II: Non-violence and culture of peace in Gandhi

    The second module will outline the Gandhian idea of non-violence, which represents for the Mahatma the fundamental law of human nature, and its contribution to the culture of peace in the twentieth century. The subject of analysis will also be the peculiar Gandhian religiosity, pluralist and at the same time inclusive.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Bibliography for students who are taking the 6-CFU course:

    - G. Filoramo, M. Massenzio, M. Raveri, P. Scarpi, Manuale di storia delle religioni, Laterza 1998, 

          1) pp. 5-137; 161-269 

                           or

          2) pp. 173-269; 291-436 

    - G. Filoramo, Religione e religioni, Egea, Milano 2014.

     

    Bibliography for students who are taking the 9-CFU course:

    - G. Filoramo, M. Massenzio, M. Raveri, P. Scarpi, Manuale di storia delle religioni, Laterza 1998, 

          1) pp. 5-137; 161-269 

                           or

          2) pp. 173-269; 291-436 

    - G. Filoramo, Religione e religioni, Egea, Milano 2014.

    - F.C. Manara, Una forza che dà vita. Ricominciare con Gandhi in un'età di terrorismi, Unicopli 2006.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    ELISABETTA COLAGROSSI (President)

    FRANCESCO CAMERA

    ROBERTO CELADA BALLANTI (Substitute)

    GERARDO CUNICO (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    February 20, 2023

    Class schedule

    HISTORY OF RELIGIONS

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral exam

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The exam consists of an interview aimed at assessing the candidates’ knowledge of the contents and the bibliography list of the course. Attending students can write and present a short paper in class that will be taken into account for the overall mark.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    12/12/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    17/01/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    10/02/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    09/05/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    29/05/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    14/06/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    06/07/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    14/09/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Attendance is recommended.