Interdisciplinary Centre for Social Communications
Director F. Augustine Savarimuthu, SJ
CICS and its Objective
The Interdisciplinary Centre for Social Communications (CICS) is an academic and interdisciplinary structure. It pursues activities of teaching and reflection regarding social communications, which are regarded by the Church and the Society of Jesus as being of great relevance to modern socio-cultural concerns.
The fundamental objective of the Centre is to develop a deep and coherent vision of communications and the mass media in such a way as to allow their full and fruitful integration within the evangelizing mission of the Church.
CICS, in accepting the challenge to proclaim the Christian message, intends “to integrate this message within the ‘new culture’ created by modern communications, with awareness that “through searching the problematic and opportunities which the spread of mass communications offers to the proclamation of the gospel and to philosophical and theological language in general, we may serve the entire Christian community in its dialogue with the contemporary world.”
- Directors of media in the Church and in communication activities at the diocesan and national levels.
- Future professors of pastoral communications or of theology and/or philosophy in seminaries.
- Teachers of communications in universities.
- Professionals in the media who seek to deepen their knowledge of the media of the faith.
Interdisciplinary Master in Social Communications, lasting two years, on a specific theme of communications, equivalent to 120 credits according to the European system (ETCS).
Whoever has BA (degree of first cycle) in Philosophy, Theology or Social Sciences, or first level degree in any humanistic subject, pay apply for admission.
Diploma in Social Communications lasting one year, equivalent to 60 ECTS, for those who do not have BA, as above, but have a high school diploma that allows access to university in their country of origin.
At the discretion of the Director of the Centre, candidates who do not have an adequate background in theology, philosophy or social sciences will be required to follow some integrative courses in these areas.
Web conference in Spanish
Recommendations of the concluding document of the Fifth General Conference of Latin American Bishops, held in Aparecida in 2007: communication ministry, training and permanent mission of the communicators.
44th World Communication Day: "The Priest and Pastoral Ministry in a Digital World: New Media at the Service of the Word"