Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in COMMUNICATION SCIENCES
Academic year when starting the degree: 
Academic year in which the course will be held: 
Course type: 
Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class
Seat of the course: 
Varese - Università degli Studi dell'Insubria
First Semester
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Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (56 hours)

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

Final Examination: 

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, new forms of spirituality in a secular, individualistic, digital society.

Mandatory texts:

• Michele Olzi, Roberto Revello (a cura di), "Religioni & Media. Un'introduzione ad alcune problematiche", Mimesis Edizioni, Milano 2021
• Émile Durkheim, "Le forme elementari della vita religiosa", Morcelliana, Brescia 2020 (or other editions)
• Stefania Palmisano, Nicola Pannofino, "Religione sotto spirito. Viaggio nelle nuove spiritualità", Mondadori, Milano 2021

Non-attending students have to agree integrations with the teacher.


Lessons in presence and on-line, 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 .