Course Information
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorAikaterini Tsalampouni
Course ID60005026

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Degree of theology or other university school
Learning Outcomes
After the successful completion of the course the students will be able to: a) Identify and explain significant themes, figures, and events of Early Christianity b) analyze early Christian texts and discover the intertextual and ideological connection with their cultural context c) use concrete methodological tools in their study of the early Christian texts d) to trace down and compare contemporary theological discussions with similar discussion in early Christianity e) to write critical analytical essays on various aspects of Early Christianity
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course will focus on the study of significant aspects of early Christianity and of the place of the early Church in the cultural and political environment of this period. More particularly, the 13 units will deal with the following: 1) Methodological tools and sources of early Christianity 2) Beginnings and relations to the Roman authorities and Judaism 3) The social stratification of the early Christian communities 4) Jewish-Christianity and anti-Jewish tendencies 5) Gnosticism 6) Women and gender 7) Asceticism 8) Wandering charismatics and Church organization 9) Rituals 10) Eschatology and the delay of parousia 11) Martyrdom 12) The tradition about Jesus: orality and written forms 13) Apocryphal texts and canonization
Primitive Christianity, social groups, gender, ritual, eschatology
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Use of audio-visual tools in the process of teaching (especially powerpoint and video clips) Supplementary material, additional data and exercises / tests on Blackboard Communication and research counseling through e-mails and skype
Course Organization
Reading Assigment65
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities30
Written assigments80
Analysis of ancient texts and oral presentation40
Student Assessment
- Oral presentation and critical discussion of a text of early Christianity (40% of the final grade). The presentation must conform to the rules of an oral presentation as these are described in the document uploaded on the web page of the course on moodle - Written assignment on a topic related to the course. The topics will be announced on the e-learning platform. The written assignment must conform to the rules of a written essay as they are described in the document that will be uploaded on the web page on moodle(60% of the final grade).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Castelli, Elizabeth A. Martyrdom and Memory: Early Christian Culture Making. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004 Ehrman, Bart, After the New Testament, New York: Oxford University Press, 1999 Lightfoot, J.B. and J. R. Harmer, Translators, The Apostolic Fathers. Ed. Michael Holmes. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1998 MacMullen, Ramsay and Eugene Lane, ed., Paganism and Christianity, 100-425 C.E.Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 1992 Meeks, Wayne, The First Urban Christians: The Social World of the Apostle Paul, Yale Univ. Press 2003 Wilken, Robert. The Christians as the Romans saw them. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1984
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