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Corso di First cycle degree in COMMUNICATION SCIENCES
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Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class
First Semester
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Lesson (56 hours)

• Secondary school general knowledge.
• Interest in the intercultural and interreligious debates and in the way they are portrayed by the media.

Learning will be verified by an oral test.
The oral exam consists of a presentation of the topics covered within the course and aims to ascertain the candidate's preparation on the texts in question and its ability to give it a critical interpretation.
Will be evaluated:
• Acquisition of the methodological cornerstones and lexical correctness of the exhibition (10 points);
• the acquisition of an effective learning methodology (10 points);
• the critical ability and autonomy of the student (10 points).

Voto Finale

In our complex and pluralistic society, cultures, identities, imaginaries and religious practices have a meaningful space. However, on the part of public opinion, there is often a lack of analyti-cal skills and critic examinations.
The class aims to provide some of these tools, in the knowledge that communication experts in the fields of culture, media, marketing, information, may be faced with issues concerning identity and possible conflicts of a religious nature.
Are analysed the influence, persistence, conflict and renewal of religious imaginaries, also taking into account documentaries and other content. In particular, interactions at all levels with the media will be highlighted.

1. Methodological basis in religious studies. From the (unresolved) definition of "what is a religion" to the main theories and the best known models of interpretation developed in the West, for a pluralistic, cultural and secular understanding of religions. The question of the secularisation, the presence and persis-tence of religious imaginaries in the current context of our societies. Conflicts and com-plexity of religious cultural identities. Defini-tions of "social imaginaries" and "religious imaginaries".
2. As a topic of study, psychoanalysis, mediol-ogy and religions. We will see how some theories coming from the psychoanalytic sphere can help us to understand how man is always (in history and in his life) in a "me-diatized environment", with related psycho-religious implications.

Two texts are mandatory to take the examination and concern the institutional part on methodolo-gical basis:

• E. Pace, “Comunicare Dio. La religione come comunicazione”, il Mulino, Bolo-gna 2008.
• M. Olzi, R. Revello, “Religioni & Media. Una introduzione”, in corso di pubblica-zione

Other books that will be referred to during the lessons:
• S. Freud, “Totem e tabù”
• S. Freud, “Mosè e il monoteismo”
• S. Ferenczi, “Thalassa. Saggio sulla teo-ria della genitalità”
• T. Macho, “Segni dall’oscurità. Note per una teoria delle psicosi”, Galaad, Giulia-nova (Teramo) 2013
• M. McLuhan, “La luce e il mezzo. Ri-flessioni sulla religione”, Armando Edi-tore, Roma 2002.


The activities will be carried out online lessons, in which the lecturer will explain the contents of the course asking for the interactive participation of the students through interventions, questions and reflections, in a tight dialectical confrontation between professor and student.

Office hours:
Upon appointment via email .