EL 238 The Roots and Scope of religious freedom in contemporary pluralistic societies

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Module Level

Level 8


Continuous Assessment (Reflections & Participation): 40% Final Essay: 60%

Module Aims

To introduce students to the challenges and opportunities that arise in religiously pluralistic societies.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of this module students will:

# Be aware of the roots, history and content of the Catholic tradition’s stance on religious freedom.

# Be familiar with the contemporary challenges to religious freedom in Ireland and globally.

# Understand the centrality of the right to religious freedom for human dignity.

# Be aware of the criteria that can be employed in society to legitimately limit the right to religious freedom.

Indicative Syllabus:

# The Declaration on Religious Freedom of Vatican 11

# the nature of ‘authentic’ democracy.

# religious freedom as a fundamental human right.

# religiously pluralistic societies.

# the scope of religious freedom – worship, dress, schooling?