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Women and Religions


Granaroli B.


Menon M.



The course aims to provide knowledge of key issues affecting the role of women in religions. Particular attention is given to the role of women in the Roman Catholic tradition. Students will examine theological arguments concerning the participation of women in the Church, critique current teaching, and engage with leading voices in the Catholic theological tradition.


1. Be familiar with the main arguments concerning women's participation in the Catholic faith
2. Have an understanding of feminist thinking on this issue
3. Be able to identify key voices in the debate
4. Understand and discuss current "vehicles for change" such as the process of synodality
5. Recognise the strengths and weaknesses of current teaching on this topic
6. Be able to connect these theological debates to wider social and justice concerns for women, notably the empowerment and agency of women.

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Examination information

At the end of each course, the student must take a written exam. It focuses on the topics covered during the course as well as on the texts listed in the recommended bibliography.
The exam consists of 5 open questions. Each answer must be 3.000 characters long, including spaces.
The exam paper must be uploaded onto the dedicated area on the eLearning platform, during the one-week-long exam session. Dates can be consulted in the academic calendar.