History of religions themes A

Course Information
TitleΘΕΜΑΤΑ ΙΣΤΟΡΙΑΣ ΤΩΝ ΘΡΗΣΚΕΙΩΝ Α΄. / History of religions themes A
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorApostolos Kralidis
Course ID60005048

Programme of Study: Orthodox Theology and Christian Culture

Registered students: 3
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
COREElective Courses2110
Religious StudiesCompulsory Course2110

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Postgr. Students are expected that during the course will • learn about the most important religions and cults of the world, their content and teachings and understand the theoretical pillars of History of Religion as a branch of Religious Studies. • Relate theory with practice in the interpretation of religious tradition of each nation as a cultural phenomenon. • become familiar with the organization and presentation of ranking methods and separation of religions. • learn several ways of collecting data for understanding the religious phenomenon in local communities. • practice in analyzing and interpreting qualitative data about religions.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course includes a) systematic presentation of all scientific and methodological aspects of the Ηistory of Religions b) practical training and homework of students. 1. Introduction. The History of Religions as a branch of Religious Studies. Methodology and current research trends. 2. The religions of Eastern Mediterranean I: Ancient Greek religion. The scientific study of religion. 3. The religions of the Eastern Mediterranean I: Roman religion. Religions of Syria and Palestine. Egyptian religion. Middle-Semester homeworks. 4. The religions of the peoples of Mesopotamia. Technical instructions for the synthesis of the homework. 5. Indian religions: Pre-Vedic, Vedic religion. Early Hinduism. Visnouism, Sivaism, Saktism. Modern Hinduism. Yoga. Jainism. 6. Buddhism. Thibetan Buddhism. Presentation of progress with parallel commentary and observations. 7. Chinese religions. Confucianism. Taoism. Chinese Buddhism. Japanese religions, Shinto. Japanese Buddhism. Semester' homeworks. Coordination and guidance. 8. Islam I: Muhammad the founder and prophet. The period of the conquests. The Koran. Sunni and Shia Islam. 9. Islam II: Quranic theology and teaching. Theocracy. Sharia. Jihad. Sufis. Contemporary situation. Clarifications concerning the main homework of the semester. 10. Interfaith Dialogue: Historical overview. Contemporary dialogue among religions. 11. New Religions. Origins, evolution, modern situation. 12. Witchcraft - Satanism, Physical worship. Deposit semester's homeworks. 13. Conclusions. Presentation of semester's homeworks. Discussion, Comments.
History or Religions, ancient greek religion, roman religion, egyptian religion, Iranian religions, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Yoga, Jainism, Budhism, Thibetan Budhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Sinto, Islam, Jihad, Coran, Sharia, Interreligious dialogue, Christian-Jewish dialogue, Christian-Muslim dialogue
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
The use of ICT are made in the auditorium at the time of teaching with use of the computer (viewing text, audio, moving images) in PowerPoint environment and also with a parallel use of multimedia via links (links) from the Internet. All necessary infrastructure is provided by the University and there are relevant multimedia equipment in each classroom. It also possible to access databases and data banks via digital library and all the active digital subscriptions of AUTH. Finally, students can communicate, seek information and hand over their homework through electronic mail (e-mail).
Course Organization
Reading Assigment
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities
Written assigments
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
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