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PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGIONS
FILOSOFIA DELLE RELIGIONI

A.Y. Credits
2023/2024 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Andrea Aguti During the first Semester on Tuesday and Wednesday 8,00-9,00 a. m. During the second semester on appointment after contact via email.
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Sociology and Social Work (L-39 / L-40)
Curriculum: PERCORSO COMUNE
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Learning Objectives

The course will offer an introduction to the main topics of the philosophy of religion, understood as a rational analysis of religion and religions. The first part of the course will take into consideration its historical origins, its method, its ends as an academic discipline. The second part of the course will deal with its main issues, with the aim of offering a synthetic presentation on each of them, an orientation on the current discussion, some ideas for critical assessment. The learning objectives are, for each of the topics covered, to make students acquire basic knowledge, argumentation skills, discussion skills.

Program

1) Philosophy of religion: method, content, aims.

2) The definition of religion.

3) Religious belief and rationality.

4) The existence and nature of God.

5) The problem of evil and the meaning of human life.

6) Religious diversity.

Bridging Courses

None.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Students must demonstrate:

a) Concerning knowledge and understanding: the knowledge of the religious phenomenon in general and in its main historical forms; the ability to deal with the religious problem with instruments of rational analysis; the ability to analyze opportunities and problems raised by contemporary religious pluralism.

b) Concerning applied knowledge and understanding: the ability to apply acquired knowledge and skills in the discussion about the main topic of the course.

c) Concerning the autonomy in making judgments: the ability to analyze and scrutinize the key topics of the course, especially about the relationship among religion, individual beliefs, society.

d) Concerning communication skills: the ability to communicate in a clear and coherent way the acquired knowledge as well as to discuss the topics of the course together with other students.

e) Concerning learning skills: the ability to evaluate the complexity of the religious phenomenon, by pointing out its relevance for individual and social life and its issues as well. 

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Teaching

Frontal lessons.

Attendance

Attendance at 2/3 of the lessons.

Course books

M. Peterson-W. Hasker-B. Reichenbach-D. Basinger, Reason & Religious Belief. An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2009.

Assessment

The assessment of the student is carried out by an oral examination, considered as the best tool for assessing the level of linguistic competence and the level of learning. The precise knowledge of the subjects of examination, the ability to establish the appropriate connections between the latter, and the linguistic property of their exposure are the basic criteria for determining the grade to be given to the student.

 Attending students can elaborate a brief essay about the main topics of the course, with the aim of improving the knowledge concerning relevant issues of the course. An intermediary examination will be possible, in order to test the reached level of knowledge.

Disability and Specific Learning Disorders (SLD)

Students who have registered their disability certification or SLD certification with the Inclusion and Right to Study Office can request to use conceptual maps (for keywords) during exams.

To this end, it is necessary to send the maps, two weeks before the exam date, to the course instructor, who will verify their compliance with the university guidelines and may request modifications.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Teaching

Individual study.

Attendance

Full study of the suggested text.

Course books

M. Peterson-W. Hasker-B. Reichenbach-D. Basinger, Reason & Religious Belief. An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2009.

Assessment

The assessment of the student is carried out by an oral examination, considered as the best tool for assessing the level of linguistic competence and the level of learning. The precise knowledge of the subjects of examination, the ability to establish the appropriate connections between the latter, and the linguistic property of their exposure are the basic criteria for determining the grade to be given to the student.

Disability and Specific Learning Disorders (SLD)

Students who have registered their disability certification or SLD certification with the Inclusion and Right to Study Office can request to use conceptual maps (for keywords) during exams.

To this end, it is necessary to send the maps, two weeks before the exam date, to the course instructor, who will verify their compliance with the university guidelines and may request modifications.

Notes

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