Ethical questions regarding animals and plants

Course Information
TitleΗΘΙΚΟΙ ΠΡΟΒΛΗΜΑΤΙΣΜΟΙ ΓΙΑ ΤΑ ΖΩΑ ΚΑΙ ΤΑ ΦΥΤΑ. / Ethical questions regarding animals and plants
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorMiltiadis Vantsos
Course ID60005156

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
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 (Examination)
  • German (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
After successful completion of this course, students will be able to understand the modern ethical approaches on basic issues regarding animals and plants and το deepen to the ethical consideration from the point of view of Christian Ethics.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Make decisions
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Respect natural environment
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
In this course contemporary issues regarding animal and plants are examined from the point of view of Christian Ethics. 1. Animal and plants in God's creation. 2. Animals and plants in the Old Testament. 3. Animals and plants in the New Testament. 4. The patristic teaching about animals and plants. 5. The theories of biocentrism, speciesism and vegetarianism. 6. Animal experimentation. 7. The ethics of animal research. 8. Animal rights: the view of Tom Regan and Peter Singer. 9. Cloning of animals. 10. The use of animals in entertaining. 11. The use of animals in organ transplantation (xenotransplantation). 12. Genetic modification of animal and plants. 13. Genetically modified foods.
animals, plants, ecology, biotechnology, experimentation, research, cloning, xenotransplantation
Educational Material Types
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment78
Written assigments100
Student Assessment
Written assignment and presentation in the classroom.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
1. Χατζηνικολάου Νικολάου (Μητρ. Μεσογαίας και Λαυρεωτικής), Ελεύθεροι από το γονιδίωμα. Προσεγγίσεις ορθόδοξης Βιοηθικής, Αθήνα 2002. 2. Ιωάννη Ζηζιούλα (Μητρ. Περγάμου), Η κτίση ως ευχαριστία : θεολογική προσέγγιση στο πρόβλημα της οικολογίας, Αθήνα 1992. 3. Ανέστη Κεσελόπουλου, Ανθρώπος και φυσικό περιβάλλον : σπουδή στον Αγιον Συμεών το Νέο Θεολόγο, Θεσσαλονίκη 1989. 4. Γεωργίου Μαντζαρίδη, Χριστιανική Ηθική Ι: Εισαγωγή - Γενικές άρχές - Σύγχρονη προβληματική, Θεσσαλονίκη 2002. 5. Singer, Peter, Practical Ethics, εκδ. Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom 1999. 6. Armstrong Susan (ed.), The animal ethics reader, London - New York 2003. 7. Jame Schaefer, Theological Foundations for Environmental Ethics, Georgetown University Press 2009. 8. Jonathan Morris, The ethics of biotechnology, New York 2006. 9. Tom Regan, The case of animal rights, Berkeley 2010.
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