Second cycle degree in

Religious studies (2020/2021)

Class: LM-64 - Religion

Class LM-64 - Religion
Duration 2 years
Branch Padova
Language Italian
Tuition fees and scholarships
President of the Course of Study ANTONIO RIGOPOULOS
Access Open access with admission requirements

The second Call for applications A.Y. 2020/21 for international students is available on apply.unipd.it according to the following timeline:

  • 7th April-7th June: non-EU applicants residing outside Italy
  • 7th April-7th July: EU applicants of equivalent



  Deepening

Characteristics and objectives
The Master's Degree Program in Religious Studies (inter-university with the Ca' Foscari University of Venice) originates from a twofold need: to train specialists in the study of religious traditions endowed with a solid knowledge of their languages and literary sources, of their history and of the cultures in which these traditions expressed and still express themselves; to enable students to apply their knowledge by utilizing comparative methodologies in the study of religious phenomena, so as to address the intercultural contexts of contemporary societies with competence and critical acumen. First and foremost, the course aims at endowing students with a variety of methodological tools through which to analyze religious experience.
The Master's Degree Program in Religious Studies is innovative since it combines an in-depth study of the historical and cultural development of world religions with the learning of their languages, which are truly essential in order to have access to their sources and testimonies. Consequently, the course articulates itself into two distinct phases. 1. Basic teaching. A comprehensive teaching is offered relative to the history, phenomenology and sociology of religions, as well as to their ethno-anthropological and philosophical dimensions. This basic teaching is further enhanced through seminars which help students to skillfully compare the various religious traditions through the study of common themes (such as scriptures, ritual, myth, etc.). Each lesson of the seminar - coordinated by a supervisor - is led by a specialist of a particular religious milieu. 2. Specialized teaching. The knowledge imparted at this stage is aimed at deepening the students' understanding of a plurality of religious traditions which are historically linked to one another. These traditions are investigated by having recourse to their sources and through an analysis of the wider socio-cultural context in which they developed. A critical study of the sources and an autonomous, wise comprehension of religious events require the reading of texts in the original and thus the acquisition of thorough linguistic and philological competences.

Occupational opportunities
Graduate students will have the capacity to act as social workers and experts in the various sectors of interreligious relations and communication and multi-confessional social contexts, in both public and private institutions. They will be capable of exercising functions of responsibility in Italian and international research centers on religious phenomena; in religious publishing houses as well as in publishing houses with religious series or interests in the field of religions; in religious studies centers and institutes. They will be entitled to sign teaching contracts in both public and private schools, primary and secondary, for the training of teachers, students and parents, and for offering information on the main cultural and religious traditions of the world so as to efficaciously integrate school curricula.

  Teaching list

I Anno GREEK LITERATURE (ADVANCED) [ DAVIDE SUSANETTI ] LATIN LITERATURE [ MARIA VERONESE ] HISTORY OF BYZANTINE CHRISTIANITY [ ANTONIO RIGO ] HEBREW LANGUAGE 1 INTELLECTUAL HISTORY AND TEXTUAL PRACTICES (ARABIC) [ ANTONELLA GHERSETTI ] CULTURAL NARRATIVES AND DYNAMICS (ARABIC) ARABIAN LANGUAGE [ BISHARA EBEID ] ARABIC LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE [ CECILIA MARTINI ] SANSKRIT LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE [ MARCELLO MELI ] TIBETAN LANGUAGE SANSKRIT LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE [ ANTONIO RIGOPOULOS ] CLASSICAL CHINESE LITERATURE [ RICCARDO FRACASSO ] MANUSCRIPT SOURCES AND THE TRANSMISSION OK KNOWLEDGE IN EARLY CHINA [ ATTILIO ANDREINI ] CULTURAL STUDIES OF COUNTRIES OF EASTERN ASIA (CHINA) [ MARCO CERESA ] CHINESE LANGUAGE CLASSICAL CHINESE LANGUAGE [ TIZIANA LIPPIELLO ] CHINESE LANGUAGE 1 MOD. 1 [ GIORGIO FRANCESCO ARCODIA ] JAPANESE LANGUAGE CLASSICAL JAPANESE LANGUAGE 2 CLASSICAL JAPANESE LANGUAGE 1 JAPANESE LANGUAGE 1 MOD. 1 [ PATRICK HEINRICH ] CLASSICAL JAPANESE LITERATURE [ CAROLINA NEGRI ] CULTURAL STUDIES OF COUNTRIES OF EASTERN ASIA (JAPAN) [ TOSHIO MIYAKE ] FORMS OF THE EAST AND WEST RELATIONSHIPS [ FEDERICO SQUARCINI ] HISTORY OF THE RELIGIONS OF THE CLASSICAL WORLD [ SABINA CRIPPA ] TRADITIONS, CULTURAL HERITAGE AND RELIGION IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD [ MARCO SALATI ] HISTORY OF JUDAISM [ PIERO CAPELLI ] ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN RELIGION AND MAGIC FROM EUROPEAN CHRISTIANITY TO WORLD CHRISTIANITY [ GIOVANNI VIAN ] CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIANITY'S RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER RELIGIONS [ GIOVANNI VIAN ] SEMINAR [ CHIARA CREMONESI ] HISTORY OF MEDICINE: RELIGION, MAGIC, SCIENCE [ FABRIZIO FERRARI ] ANTHROPOLOGY OF RELIGION [ FERDINANDO FAVA ] HISTORY OF THEOLOGICAL DOCTRINES HISTORY OF ETHICAL AND RELIGIOUS THOUGHT [ ISABELLA ADINOLFI ] RATIO ET DISCRETIO IN SOUTH ASIA, BETWEEN PHILOSOPHY AND HISTORY OF IDEAS [ FEDERICO SQUARCINI ] HISTORY OF THOUGHT IN MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY JAPAN [ SILVIA RIVADOSSI ] HISTORY OF ANCIENT JAPANESE PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIONS HISTORY OF CHINESE PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIONS [ FRANCESCA TAROCCO ] HISTORY OF BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY HISTORY OF ARABIC MEDIAEVAL PHILOSOPHY [ CECILIA MARTINI ] RELIGIONS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD [ MICHELA ZAGO ] THEORIES AND METHODS OF THE HISTORY OF RELIGIONS [ CHIARA CREMONESI ] HISTORY OF RELIGIONS 2 [ CHIARA CREMONESI ] ANCIENT INDIAN LITERATURE [ FABRIZIO FERRARI ] HISTORY OF ANCIENT AND MEDIAEVAL CHRISTIANITY [ MARCO ZAMBON ] HAGIOGRAPHY [ VITTORIO BERTI ] CHRISTIAN ARCHAEOLOGY [ GIOVANNA BUCCI ] EARLY ISLAMIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE [ VALENTINA CANTONE ] GREEK AND LATIN CHRISTIAN LITERATURE [ MARIA VERONESE ] ANCIENT EGYPTIAN CIVILIZATION [ EMANUELE MARCELLO CIAMPINI ] SEMITIC PHILOLOGY: BIBLICAL HEBREW [ SALVATORE GASPA ] HISTORY OF THE NEAR AND MIDDLE EASTERN CHRISTIANITY [ VITTORIO BERTI ] IRAN AND AFGHANISTAN FROM MONARCHIES TO REVOLUTIONS [ SIMONE CRISTOFORETTI ] HISTORY AND INSTITUTIONS OF ISLAMIC COUNTRIES [ BARBARA DE POLI ] THEMATIC SEMINAR ARCHEOLOGY AND THE CULTURES OF GANDHARA AND THE SILK ROADS [ LUCA MARIA OLIVIERI ] INDIAN MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART PAST AND PRESENT OF THE CAST SYSTEM [ ANTONIO RIGOPOULOS ] ETHNOGRAPHY OF SHAMANISM [ STEFANO BEGGIORA ] HISTORY OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY EURASIA [ ALDO FERRARI ] HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN THE MIDDLE AND FAR EAST [ MARCELLA SIMONI ] FINAL EXAM