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Guide to postgraduate and master’s degrees in religion starting in autumn at several Catalan universities

(Article from La Vanguardia, 26 August 2012)

MARÍA-PAZ LÓPEZ and ORIOL DOMINGO

In an increasingly secularised and media-driven society, many philosophers, sociologists, politicians, academics and journalists, whether believers or agnostics, share the conviction that the religious phenomenon is essential to understanding reality. In the academic field, it has been observed that the religious training of many professionals is inadequate, that confessional structures communicate poorly, and that some media deal with the religious question in a distorted way. Communication in general, and religious communication in particular, is going through a difficult technological and economic period. At the same time, new perspectives on religion are emerging – from neurology and other sciences, for example – and existing approaches, such as intercultural and interreligious, are gaining ground. From the autumn, Catalan universities and centres will be offering an interesting range of masters and postgraduate courses on religion.

Institutional communication and religion in the digital age. The link between religious affairs, communication and new technologies has led to the creation of two postgraduate courses at the Blanquerna Faculty of Communication of the Universitat Ramon Llull: Institutional Communication and Religion in the Digital Age and Communication and Spiritual Formation. The first is “a postgraduate course that links religious affairs with communication, breaking down clichés and offering tools so that religious institutions know how to communicate better and journalists have more elements to report professionally on aspects related to religion, spirituality and new technologies,” according to its director, Miriam Díez Bosch.