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CODE 94736
ACADEMIC YEAR 2024/2025
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-STO/06
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 2° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The discipline of History of Religions, guided by the comparative method, is inherently inclined towards the universality of religious phenomena. Detached from specific value judgments, this field of study serves as a crucial tool for fostering pluralism and promoting the acknowledgment of diversity in the age of globalization. Building upon this methodological framework, the course seeks to explore fundamental concepts related to the study of religions and examine specific case studies.

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

Teaching objectives:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of major religions, including their origins, beliefs, practices, and historical developments.
  • Analyze and interpret religious symbols, practices, and texts within their specific historical and social contexts.
  • Explore the complexities of religious diversity and its implications in ancient and contemporary societies.
  • Foster critical thinking skills in approaching the discipline and understanding the role of religions in shaping global societies, politics, and cultures.
  • Encourage interdisciplinary approaches in the study of religious phenomena.
  • Cultivate the ability to engage in constructive dialogue regarding questions of faith and religious values encountered in local and global cultures.
  • Foster independent research skills and the ability to critically analyze and evaluate sources related to the study of religions.

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a solid knowledge of major religious traditions in their historical development.
  • Analyze and interpret religious symbols, practices, and texts, recognizing their significance within specific religious contexts.
  • Compare different religious traditions, identifying similarities, differences, and influences among them.
  • Exercise critical thinking skills to analyze religious phenomena.
  • Recognize and reflect on the impact of religions on political, social, and global issues.
  • Utilize interdisciplinary approaches to deepen the understanding of religious phenomena.
  • Conduct independent research on topics related to the study of religions, employing appropriate research methods and critically analyzing sources.

Transversal skills:

  • Advanced functional literacy skills
  • Advanced social skills
  • Advanced personal skills
  • Planning skills

TEACHING METHODS

Traditional frontal lectures are complemented by presentations from experts and scholars specialized in specific religious traditions, as well as a guided visit to a religious site. A portion of the lectures will be dedicated to actively involving students in the organization of a workshop, both in terms of logistics and content, where they can take on the roles of presenter, moderator, and coordinator.

The lectures will be held in person. While attendance is not mandatory, it is recommended.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

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

Part I: Introduction to the History of Religions

The initial section of the course provides an introduction to the methods and subjects inherent to the field of History of Religions, along with an exploration of its distinctive themes in historical-religious research. Ultimately, it seeks to present a critical and nuanced understanding of the religious phenomenon, both in its inherent nature and within its historical context.

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

Part I: Introduction to the History of Religions

The initial section of the course provides an introduction to the methods and subjects inherent to the field of History of Religions, along with an exploration of its distinctive themes in historical-religious research. Ultimately, it seeks to present a critical and nuanced understanding of the religious phenomenon, both in its inherent nature and within its historical context.

Part II: "No man should be molested because of his religion": The India of the Mughal Emperor Akbar

The second module aims to reconstruct the multireligious atmosphere that prevailed at the court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, who ruled India from 1556 to 1605. This court was a genuine crossroads of scholars, philosophers, mystics, artists, and members of various ethnic and religious communities, who engaged in discussions about the content of different faiths. The historical, political, philosophical, and theological foundations of this context will be analyzed.

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.

- Y. Martini, Akbar e i Gesuiti. Missionari cristiani alla corte del Gran Moghul, Il pozzo di Giacobbe, Trapani 2018.

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

LESSONS

LESSONS START

February 2024.

Class schedule

HISTORY OF RELIGIONS

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

The exam is conducted orally and consists of assessing the knowledge of the exam syllabus, including the content of the prescribed texts. Attending students have the opportunity to participate in the organization of a workshop on a selected topic discussed in class, taking on the roles of presenter, moderator, or coordinator. This work will be taken into account during the exam and will substitute a portion of the syllabus.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The oral exam assesses the understanding of the course content, the quality, mastery, and confidence in the presentation, as well as the ability for critical thinking and argumentation. For attending students who choose to participate in the organization of the joint workshop, the evaluation will take into account this practical experience and their ability to collaborate and work effectively in a group.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Attendance is recommended.

 

Students who have valid certification of physical or learning disabilities on file with the University and who wish to discuss possible accommodations or other circumstances regarding lectures, coursework and exams, should speak both with the instructor and with Elisabetta Colagrossi (elisabetta.colagrossi@unige.it), the Department's
disability liaison.

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