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

A.Y. 2020/2021
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
Second semester
Teaching methods

Lessons will take place on Microsoft Teams in synchronous mode, at scheduled times, and will be recorded and available for consultation on the same platform and on the course ARIEL website. Information on how to access lessons on Microsoft Teams and other teaching instructions will be uploaded to the course Ariel website, which is advised to consult regularly.
Should the sanitary emergency allow it, in compliance with the regulations in force, lessons may also be held in the classroom (mixed mode); in this case, students will be promptly informed and notified via the course Ariel website.
In any case, the lessons will be recorded and made available to students for the duration of the semester.

Programme and reference material

The programme and reference material of the course are unchanged.

Methods of assessing learning and assessment criteria

There will be no changes to the methods for assessing learning and the assessment criteria.
The examination will take place orally on the Microsoft Teams platform.
Should the sanitary emergency allow it, subject to the availability of classrooms and the necessary safety conditions, the examination will be held in the classroom.
However, students who are unable to travel from their place of residence and/or domicile will be able to take the examination remotely.

More precise indications and updates will be available on the Ariel course website, which should therefore be consulted regularly.
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