Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Religions and Culture

Religions and Culture
First semester
The keys to culture
Culture: concepts and basic experience
Main language of instruction: Spanish

Other languages of instruction: Catalan

Teaching staff

Dr. MOYA RUIZ, Albert - amoya@uic.es

Hours agreed with the teachers.


The subject of religions and culture is based on the study of the religious fact from the perspective of the three great religions of the Book (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), in order to focus later on the constitutive features of the religious experience and its relations with the symbolism, art and the scientific culture.

Pre-course requirements

No pre-course requirements are needed to enrol in this subject


  • Know the religious fact in its different manifestations and identify the basic features of the great religions as a way to help identify and understand the religious plurality existing in today's society.
  • Value religious traditions as part of the cultural heritage of the people, assuming the responsibility that supposes their preservation and appreciating as a resource for personal enrichment.
  • Know the interrelations between religions and scientific, philosophical and artistic thought. Assess the contributions of religions and sciences in understanding the structure and evolution of the universe and the meaning of human life.


  • E04 - Ability to recognise and interpret cultural manifestations.
  • E07 - To acquire knowledge on the different issues and problems of current cultural debate and be aware of their constant change.
  • E08 - To distinguish and understand the structures of different cultural systems.
  • E11 - Ability to interpret data and relate it to appropriate theories.
  • E12 - To acquire knowledge and understanding of imaginary, iconic and symbolic languages and their representation.
  • E15 - Ability to identify and value the different elements which make up cultural heritage.
  • E27 - Ability to work in multicultural contexts.
  • G07 - To know how to apply and adapt to new technologies in processes of cultural management, production and dissemination.
  • G08 - Ability to carry out research.

Learning outcomes

Acquire key concepts about religions and religious fact.
Apply theoretical knowledge in analysis and discussion of face-to-face and self-employment activities
Know and select specific documentation on religions
Practice Teamwork Strategies
Learn to contextualize religious phenomenon and relate them to their social and political dimension
Relates concepts of the different materials worked transversally

Learn to diagnose problems in the cultural intellectual field

Applies theoretical and abstract concepts to real situations

Read and analyze essays on current topics
Write narrative and descriptive texts
Analyzes and diagnoses cases of cultural complexity



Prof. Dr. Joan Hernández

Judaism. Be a Jew and religious books. The Jewish culture (Sephardic / Ashkenazi). The synagogue. The Halakha in everyday life (Xàbat, birth, death, marriage, Bar and Bat Mitzvá, Brit Milan, kosher-caxer food and the laws of Kashrut). The different movements in Judaism. The rabbinic and Torah festivities.

The Islam. Be Muslim. Muhammad, the prophets, the Koran and the Sunna. Sunnis and Shiites. The sentence. The Imam and the mosque. Parties and Halal food. The veil. Islamic traditions and practices from birth to death. Current Islamic currents. Operation of Islamic centers, and federations.



Prof. Dr. Ignasi Saranyana

"The expansion of Christianity in Europe (first four centuries)"

Basic bibliography:

José Orlandis, Europa y sus raíces cristianas, Eds. Rialp, Madrid 2004 (hi ha edició eBook i en paper): https://www.rialp.com/libro/europa-y-sus-raices-cristianas_92500/

José Orlandis, La conversión de Europa al cristianismo, Eds. Rialp, Madrid 1988 (hi ha edició en paper només): https://www.rialp.com/libro/la-conversion-de-europa-al-cristianismo_92232/


Prof. Dr. Albert Moya

1. Towards an understanding of the essence of religion

a) The religious fact

b) The Sacred as an area of religious experience

c) ineffability and mystery in the religious experience

d) Rationality of religious convictions (dialogue faith-reason)


 2. Religious symbolism

a) The symbolism as a structural dimension of the person

b) The symbolic universe

c) Transcendence and meaning of the symbol

d) The symbolism of religious language: the importance of the word and the image

e) The grammatical crisis of language and the hiding of the symbol in modernity

f) Towards a return of the symbol


3. Art and religion. Art, pedagogy of faith.

a) Some considerations of a fruitful relationship

b) Iconoclasm and veneration of the images

c) Religious experience and aesthetic experience

d) Beauty as via pulchritudinis and its relationship with truth and kindness

e) Sacred art and art of devotion.



Prof. Dr. Josep Corcó

The relationship between scientific culture and religion

a) The relationships between science and religion

b) Modern cosmologies and God

c) Evolutionism and Christianity

d) Scientific determinism and human freedom

e) Science and religion: a positive collaboration

Teaching and learning activities

In person

The teaching-learning methodology combines lectures, colloquiums, oral expositions of the students, search of information and elaboration of individual written works.


Prof. Dr. Joan Hernández: 05,07,12,14,19,21,26/09  

Prof. Dr. Ignasi Saranyana: 29/09 04,06/10

Prof. Dr. Albert Moya: 10,17,19,24,26/10   02,07,09,14/11

Prof. Dr. Josep Corcó: 16,21,23,28,30/11   07,12,14,19/12


Methodology 1st and 2nd part:

85% expository class by the teacher

15% debate and participation class.


Methodology 3er and 4th part:

70% Teacher's lectures

30% Practical classes in which the reading and commentary of texts related to theoretical concepts will be promoted and questions of debate will be raised.


Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

The final grade will be the result of:

1. Note of the first part: 23,2%

2. Note of the second part: 10.0%

3. Note of the third part: 33.4%

4. Note of the fourth part: 33.4%

To be evaluated for each of the parts of the subject is necessary to have attended a minimum of 80% of the classes of each part.

The minimum grade required to pass the course is 5 and it is necessary to have approved all the parts to be able to pass the subject.

Each teacher will indicate the type of evaluation that will be necessary for the student to pass his part.

In second call only those parts that have been suspended must be recovered and in case of not exceeding them in second call, no qualification will be maintained.

In the final exam and in the individual works the orthographic regulation of the faculty will be applied, by which each orthographic error implies the loss of 0.1 points.

Bibliography and resources

Bibliography Prof. Dr. Joan Hernandez:

BAROUKH, Elie y LEMBERG, David. Enciclopedia práctica del judaísmo. Teià: Robinbook 1995. 

FUENTES ESTANYOL, María José, Judaisme a Catalunya, avui, Barcelona: Pòrtic 2001. 

DÍAZ, Carlos, El judaísmo, Madrid: Fundación Emmanuel Mounier 2002.  

YAMIN Levy. La tradicion funeraria en el judaisme LLEONARD MUNTANER EDITOR 2010.

ABUMALHAM MAS, M., Comunidades Islámicas en Europa, Madrid: Universidad Computense, Departamento de Estudios Árabes e slámicos – Trotta 1995.  

VERNET, Juan. El Corán. Barcelona: Planeta 1995.

BRAMON, D., Una introducciòn al Islam. Religión, historia y cultura. Barcelona: Crítica 2003.

AAVV. L’Islam a Catalunya, Fitxes de treball, Barcelona: Fundació Joan Maragall, Càritas i Apostolat Seglar 2004.


Bibliography Prof. Dr. Josep-Ignasi Saranyana:

Basic bibliography:

José Orlandis, Europa y sus raíces cristianas, Eds. Rialp, Madrid 2004 (hi ha edició eBook i en paper) : https://www.rialp.com/libro/europa-y-sus-raices-cristianas_92500/

José Orlandis, La conversión de Europa al cristianismo, Eds. Rialp, Madrid 1988 (hi ha edició en paper només): https://www.rialp.com/libro/la-conversion-de-europa-al-cristianismo_92232/

Bibliography Prof. Dr. Albert Moya:

AYMAR, J (Ed.) Simbologia religiosa en l'art occidental. Barcelona: Edimurtra, 2006.

BELTING, H. Imagen y culto. Madrid: Alianza, 2009.

BESANÇON, A. La imagen prohibida. Madrid: Siruela, 2003.

CAILLOIS, R. El hombre y lo sagrado. Madrid: FCE, 1984.

DUCH, LL. Antropología de la religión. Barcelona: Herder, 2001.

ELIADE, M. Lo sagrado y lo profano. Barcelona: Paidós, 2014.

EVDOKIMOV, P. El arte del icono. Teología de la belleza. Madrid: Publicaciones claretianas, 1991

GUARDINI, R. Sobre la esencia de la obra de Arte. Madrid: Guadarrama, 1960.

GUITTON, J. Lo absurdo y el misterio. Valencia: Edicep, 1991.

HAAS, A. Vientos de lo absoluto. Madrid: Siruela, 2009.

LUHMAN, N. La religión de la sociedad. Madrid: Trotta, 2007.

LLUIS FONT, P. Filosofia de la religió. Barcelona: Fragmenta, 2017.

OTTO, Rudolf. Lo santo. Madrid: Alianza, 2005.

OVIEDO TORRÓ, J. La fe cristiana ante los nuevos desafíos sociales. Madrid: Cristiandad, 2002.

PLAZAOLA, J. Historia y sentido del arte cristiano. Madrid: BAC, 1996.

RATZINGER, J. El espíritu de la liturgia. Madrid: Cristiandad, 2001.

REVILLA, F. Fundamentos antropológicos de la simbología. Madrid: Cátedra, 2007.

SAHAGÚN, J. Fenomenología y filosofía de la religión. Madrid: BAC, 1999.

TAYLOR, CH. La era secular. Tomo II. Barcelona: Gedisa, 2015.

TRÍAS, E. Pensar la religión. Barcelona: Galaxia Gutenberg, 2015.

VELASCO, M. Introducción a la fenomenología de la religión. Madrid: Trotta, 2009.

VON BALTHASAR, H.U. Gloria: una estética teológica. Vol.1. Madrid: Encuentro,1985

ZUBIRI, X. Sobre la religión. Madrid: Alianza, 2017. 


Bibliography  Prof. Dr. J. Corcó:

ARTIGAS, Mariano, Ciencia y religión. Conceptos fundamentales, Pamplona: Eunsa, 2007.

ARTIGAS, Mariano, Ciencia, razón y fe (2a edición), Pamplona: Eunsa, 2011.

COLLINS, Francis S., ¿Cómo habla Dios?, Temas de Hoy, Madrid 2007.

GIBERSON, Karl, ARTIGAS, M., Oráculos de la ciencia, Encuentro, Madrid 2012.

FLEW, A., Dios existe, Trotta, Madrid 2013.

JOU, David, Reescribiendo el Génesis, Barcelona: Destino, 2008