Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LM8V75 (AF:360979 AR:189712)
Blended (on campus and online classes)
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
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The course looks at Israel and Palestine as a complex geo-political space, founded on a individual and collective relations (conflictual or otherwise).

The course will encourage students to interrogate realities, potentialities and problems of the area in historical perspective and in the present. Particular attention will be given to themes such as religious pluralism, migration and intercultural communication. We will look both at methodological and theoretical perspectives and at concrete case studies, able to highlight specific issues.
By the end of the course, students will have acquired competences and abilities suitable to be applied both in research and in professional setting, in relation to intercultural communication and the management of diversity.

In particular, students will be able to
1. develop a critical analysis of the Israel and Palestine as geo-political space and to discuss its interpretations
2. understand and apply key concepts, such as pluralism, secularisation, radicalisation, laicitè
3. recognise and apply conceptual definitions that find their basis in sociology of religion, in legal studies, in gender studies and in post-colonial studies.
4. identify key arguments in the field of inter-cultural communication

Students will also acquire methodological instruments necessary to pursue research in the are of social science and humanities, particularly in the fields of multiculturality and migration.
Criteria for admission are the same as for the study programme MIM.
A good working knoweldge of English and French is essential
The course is articulated in 4 main blocks of lessons.
1 - Israel and Palestine and migrants' routes from Asia and Africa
2 - Violence and nonviolence in Israel and Palsestine
3 - « Working on Pluralism in the Union: theoretical and empirical perspectives (with prof. Valérie Amiraux) The course will focus on Muslims in Europe and will be based on four interactive axis: - a strong theoretical perspective (inclusive of clear conceptual definition coming from sociology of religion, legal studies, gender, racial and post colonial studies); - a precise data collection (providing students with critical assessment of socio-demographic data, an exhaustive intra-European review of the literature helping them to identify the main research lines that have developed and dominated the field since the late 80s); - a fine methodological training (how to produce knowledge about religious minorities in the European context, the ethnographic turn); - a stimulating use of innovative pedagogical tools.
The sessions will articulate two interrelated dimensions: on the one hand, bearing on the public role of religion in secular contexts, it will look at “How the religion of some became the public concern of others”? On the other hand, looking at more recent news the public attention focusing on refugees and jihadism, I would emphasize the need to think about the articulation between the experience of pluralism and radicalization. Finally, the course would work as an opportunity to engage with the class in discussing core political issues such as the place of religion in liberal secular democracy and the mutation of secularism from legal principle to national narrative. In this perspective, working on the European Union also means addressing the role of law in designing the political and social conditions for dealing with religious pluralism at a community level.
4 - Transcultural Communication in the Mediterranean,with professor Ricardo Carniel; these group of lectures will concentrate on communicative patterns and strategies in contemporary Mediterranean societies.
bibliography will be distributed on the first day of class
Active participation in class and within the group 10%
2 reaction papers for teaching bloc by Prof. Simoni 30% (15% each)
Acivities within the forum: 10 %
Evaluations of vising colleagues: 50% /25% each)
frontal lesson,
ZOOM, Miro', Padlet, MOOC, MOODLE forum
written and oral

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "International cooperation" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 30/07/2021