20110219 - Diritto, religioni, territorio

The course aims to provide a solid knowledge of the religious phenomenology in Italy; the rules that govern it; the powers of institutions and local authorities; the territorial legal forms with which confessions are structured; the activities they perform; the possible individual conflicts generated by the belonging of faith. The objective is to form a jurist able to confront with the religious problems on territorial safety; to develop actions to combat illegal conduct with a religious background, and to promote strategies to defuse the socio-cultural causes of religious conflict/illegality. All this with respect of religious freedom and other fundamental rights guaranteed by Western legal systems.
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General principles on religious freedom in the Italian legal system. The competence and the action of the Ministry of the Interior, the Prefectures of the Territorial Authorities about Religion (legal recognition of the religious body; order and public security; places of worship) and other bodies and institutions operating in the territory (Institutes of punishment, Health Companies, Schools). Territorial Catholic and A-Catholic Institutions and Religious Bodies (Orthodox, Protestant, Jewish, etc.): structure and activities carried out, in particular in the social field. Relations with local institutions. The Galaxy Islam: basic notions on faith, rites, rules and ethnic-cultural practices; the legal and political divisions of the umma, the extremist movements. Italian Islam: the organizational forms of national and local level (Centres of worship and prayer, Imam); the relations with local authorities and institutions). The problems of individual integration.

Core Documentation

DIRITTO E RELIGIONE IN ITALIA. Principi e temi (a cura di R. Benigni)
Collana L'Unità del diritto, Roma TRE Press - open access- http://romatrepress.uniroma3.it/libro/diritto-e-religione-in-italia-principi-e-temi/

Type of evaluation

For all students : oral test on all the contents of the course, through the formulation of 3 or 4 to verify the knowledge of the topics covered; the autonomy of judgment in evaluating the institutions and the cases examined; the ability to express oneself in a language that is also legally appropriate. The highest possible grade is 30\30. To pass the exam, obtaining a grade of no less than 18/30, the student must demonstrate 1) adequate knowledge (from sufficient to very good) of course content 2) independent judgment in evaluating the institutions and cases being discussed 3) ability to use legally appropriate language A score of 30/30 with honors corresponds to a excellent overall evaluation of the examination. Active participation in lectures and seminars by students who attend class will taken into account For attending students a intermediate course is available.