COMPLEMENTARY COURSE: Law and religion in a multi-cultural society

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The module aims to provide students with the conceptual and legal tools necessary to address the issue of religious and cultural diversity in a plural society. This in order to:
- better understand the nature of the relationship between law and religion;
- reflect on the juridical relevance that the observance of religious practices can assume within the secular systems;
- analyze possible models of religious diversity management aimed at facilitate the coexistence between the rules of the Italian legal system and the questions raised by the evolution in a multicultural and multi-religious sense of society.
Expected learning outcomes
- Knowledge and understanding of the main legal issues posed by the evolution in a multi-religious sense of our societies, with particular attention to the legal relevance that observance of religious practices can take within the secular systems
- Ability to reason in an interdisciplinary way.
- Autonomous judgment in the analysis of the cases treated and in the identification of the solutions applicable to them.
- Communication skills, argumentative consistency, systematic rigor and language properties.
- Ability to adapt these skills in relation to the contexts studied.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
The evolution in a multicultural and multi-religious sense of the societies in which we live raises the issue of the relationship between the civil and religious identity of those individuals who are at the same time citizens of a State and members of a confession. That is to say, of those citizens who, being also members of a religious community, are called to observe both the laws of the State in which they live, and the provisions of the denominations to which they belong. In fact, religions also impose rules of conduct on their adherents, rules that can affect different aspects of existence such as clothing, education, prayer or food. Respect for these rules, especially if unrelated to the traditional socio-cultural context, risks producing misunderstandings or generating conflicts, whenever the observance of a religious norm clashes with the provisions of secular orders.

The lessons, mainly frontal, will take place at the Milan San Vittore prison, will be open to students and prisoners and will deal with the following topics:

- the return of religion in the public space
- the legal dimensions of religion
- the relationship between religion and human rights
- the different family models
- worship practices
- religious food rules
Prerequisites for admission
No specific prerequisites requested.
Teaching methods
The module has a seminar attitude and presents both lectures and cases analysis. Experts are expected to participate and discuss with the students.
Teaching Resources
Since the course attendance is mandatory, materials will be provided during the lessons.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Course attendance is mandatory. The final exam will be held orally in the form of a discussion, by the students, of materials related to the topics addressed in the lessons. The evaluation is expressed with "approved / not approved".
IUS/11 - ECCLESIASTICAL AND CANON LAW - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Milani Daniela