The secular state and the protection of freedom of conscience and religion are, respectively, the guiding principle and the primary task of Law and Religion. The discipline studies in a systematic way and with specific exegetical criteria the laws that in our democratic and pluralistic legal system protect the interests of individuals and social organizations concerning beliefs and religious convictions (and not only). They will therefore be examined both unilateral laws and specific disciplines agreed with religious denominations; attention will be devoted to the sources of international law (in particular, the European Convention of Human Rights) and to EU legal system.
Expected learning outcomes
1) Knowledge and understanding. It is required a general cultural education (legal and otherwise) to develop an understanding of the specific notions of law and religion; among them, especially those of secular state, religion, freedom of conscience, religious pluralism. 2) Applicative skills. Use of learned legal concepts, depending on the various cases that may arise, with the ability to address and solve problems even on new subjects or not frequent themes, in the field of law and religion with an interdisciplinary approach. 3) Making judgments. Conscious independent judgment acquisition with regard to the understanding and interpretation of the sources of law and jurisprudence, and to the identification of the better options in each case, in relation to law and religion. 4) Communication skills. Acquisition of technical and legal (general and specific) language of law and religion, presentation skills, communication and argumentation typical of legal professions, such as to be able to talk easily both with specialist and non-specialist interlocutors. 5) Ability to learn. Capacity building on the adaptation of knowledge in relation to the variability of the regulatory and legal framework, typical of the legal sector in general and of law and religion in particular.
Lesson period: First semester
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