TRAINING COURSE

 

Definition:

 

MA Cultural Communication is an interdisciplinary program between cultural communication and dissemination

 

Note:

The programs content is about the dialogue of Islamic society, i.e. such dialogue is assessed technically during the program. It means how a Muslim individual applies cultural communication in dissemination to deliver Islamic values and the school of Ahl-e Bayt (a.s) to diverse addressees (followers of different religions and denominations living in different countries and cultures)

The programs title (cultural communications) does not mean the graduates’ skills are limited only to cultural dissemination.  Graduates of this program can also theorize within the field of dissemination and cultural communications management.

 

Importance and necessity:

 

Delivering religious message also means rendering religious and cultural values. Cultural communication is the major channel for transferring such messages. There are many questions regarding the channels of communication; e.g. where these channels are created? Where is the source of channel and where is the target of the channel? What are the types and how each type should act?

‘‘Dissemination’’ is one of the major responsibilities of seminary school, which selects the types, time and specifications of channels and assesses the dissemination needs and according to the information and requirements, the seminary school selects a proper type of message and channel and then delivers the message. Consequently, seminary school analyzes the impact and effect of its selection.

The field of cultural communication (which is descriptive) connects with ‘‘dissemination’’, which is prescriptive, and they both complete each other. Todays world and its structure requires Al-Mustafa University to pave the way for delivering the values and messages of Islam to the world. The program MA Cultural Communication is going to prepare the ground for such purpose.

 

Educational Policies:

 

a. Gradual formation of a faculty entitled, dissemination and cultural communications in Al-Mustafa University concentrating on Ahl-e Bayts dialogue. 

b. Instructing skillful expert in the following fiends:

  • Basic and practical researches (in the field of dissemination of great teachings of Islam across the world)

  • Teaching for undergraduate students and holding academic workshops

  • Writing books, and papers

  • Participating in conferences related to the program

  • Management of dissemination and cultural centers (NGOs and state-related institutes), regionally and internationally

  • Giving academic services and consultancy in the above-mentioned organizations and institutes

  • Assessing institutes activities and performance concerning dissemination and cultural activities

 

Role and effectiveness:

 

Over successful completion of the programs, graduates should be able to conduct the followings:

  • Providing answer to questions regarding cultural and communication issues

  • Presenting proper explanations regarding cultural relations and international relations

  • Being familiar with activities of the institutes that carry out communication issues

  • Conducting basic research studies in the field of inter-cultural communication

  • Using the skills and potentials of international students for inter-cultural communications

 

Programs structure and duration:

The program contains 64 credits; and the duration is 8 semesters each taking 6 months.

Structure of the program is based on the approval of the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology as the followings:

 

Course structure and credits:

 

No.

Course unit structure

Credits

1

Seminary

32

3

Specialized

28

4

Dissertation

4

Total

64

 

 

a. Seminary general course units:

No.

Course unit title

Credits

Hours

Pre-requisite

Note

Total

Theoretical

Practical

 

1

Jurisprudence (1)

3

48

48

-

 

2

Jurisprudence (2)

2

32

32

-

Jurisprudence (1)

3

Jurisprudence (3)

2

32

32

-

Jurisprudence (2)

4

Principles of Islamic Laws

3

48

48

-

 

5

Comparative theology (1)

2

32

32

-

 

6

Comparative theology (2)

2

32

32

-

Comparative theology (1)

7

Islamic Philosophy (1)

2

32

32

-

 

8

Islamic Philosophy (2)

2

32

32

-

Islamic Philosophy (1)

9

Islamic Philosophy (3)

2

32

32

-

Islamic Philosophy (2)

Total

20

320

320

-

 

 

 

b. Seminary specialized course units:

No.

Course unit title

Credits

Hours

Pre-requisite

Note

 

Total

Theological

Practical

 

1

Quran and Sciences

2

32

32

-

-

 

2

Studying Hadith

 

2

32

32

-

-

 

3

Critiquing and assessing methods of different schools in exegesis of the Quran

2

32

32

-

-

 

4

Thematic exegesis of the Quran

2

32

32

-

-

 

5

Jurisprudence of Hadith

2

32

32

-

-

 

6

Mutual rights according to Nahj Al-Balaqa

 

2

32

32

-

-

 

Total

12

192

192

-

 

 

 

 

 

c. Specialized course units:

   No.

Course unit title

Credits

Hours

Pre-requisite

Note

Total

Theological

Practical

 

1

Cultural anthropology

2

32

32

-

 

2

Culture and communication within Islamic civilization

2

32

32

-

 

3

Cultural trends in communication of Islamic religious

2

32

32

-

 

4

Inter-culture communication

2

32

32

-

 

5

Basics of communications (philosophical- theological)

2

32

32

-

 

6

History of Shiite communication

2

32

32

-

 

7

Culture and communication according to Islamic sources

2

32

32

-

 

8

Cultural communication and its requirements

2

32

32

-

 

9

Theories concerning religion and communication

2

32

32

-

 

10

Culture and communication policies (with a religious approach)

2

32

32

-

 

11

Dissemination and communication policies of major religions

2

32

32

-

 

12

Inter-culture jurisprudence

2

32

32

-

 

13

Dissemination management in the modern world

2

32

32

-

 

14

Islamic ethics in communication

2

32

32

-

 

15

Dissertation

4

128

-

128

 

Total

32

576

448

128

 

 

 

d. Pre-requisite course units

 

No.

Course unit title

Credits

Hours

Pre-requisite

Note

Total

Theoretical

Practical

 

1

Technical language

2

32

32

-

 

2

Research methodology

2

32

32

-

 

3

Sociology of religion

2

32

32

-

 

4

Sociology of communications

2

32

32

-

 

Total

8

128

128

-

 

 

 

 

 

 




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