Poverty and Affluence in Consumer Society

Course Information
TitleΦτώχια και αφθονία στηv καταλωτική κοινωνία / Poverty and Affluence in Consumer Society
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorChristos Tsironis
Course ID60005599

Programme of Study: UPS School of Theology (2013-today)

Registered students: 51
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreElective CoursesWinter-3

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • General Knowledge
Course Category
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The overall aim of this course is to critically present, explain and define the main concepts, theories and methods of analysis on the Poverty and Affluence debate in contemporary social theory. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will: - get knowledge of the basic concepts relating with poverty and affluence in the Consumere Society. - approach basic social issues in the modern world in an interdisciplinary way involving its social, theological and cultural aspects. - understand the relation between humanities and other sciences - understand the relation between social theory, theology, and other scientific fields - learn the basic principles of analysis on the fields of modern social, ethical, theological and cultural issues relating with social problems and especially with poverty in the modern societies
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work in teams
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course focuses on the issues of poverty and affluence in modern society (-ies). More particularly, its aim is to study in an interdisciplinary way the spectrum of contemporary social problems and especially their impact in a variety of cultural, religious, economic and social aspects of the modern world. It will examine the ways in which consumerism affects particular choices of social action in everyday life as well as the values, the priorities, and the perceptions of personal and collective identity. The impact of consumerism on individuals and societies will be examined through the analysis of the nature of the relationship between consumerism and religiosity, social participation and self-consciousness of modern people. In order to better clarify the implications of the current turn of events a special focus will be given on the emergence of new forms of poverty and their ethical perspective. The course will explore as key themes the following topics: New Poverty- Affluence - the Consumer Society- Culture- Religion.
New Poverty- Affluence - the Consumer Society- Culture- Religion- Ethics
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Power point presentations, video, fotos and digidal files will be used on the service of learning objectives.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment150.6
Written assigments150.6
Student Assessment
The students will be called to answer to Essay questions with a reflexive approach on issues that will been analysed during the semester.
Student Assessment methods
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Ο καταναλωτισμός στη σύγχρονη Κοινωνική Θεωρία: τομές στο έργο του Z. Bauman, Θεσσαλονίκη: Μπαρμπουνάκης, 2013.
Additional bibliography for study
-Bauman, Z., Consuming Life, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2007. -Bauman, Z., Liquid Times. Living in an Age of Uncertainty, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2007. -Bauman, Z., Does Ethics have a Chance in a World of Consumers?, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008. -Bauman, Z., Collateral Damage: Social Inequalities in a Global Age, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2011. -Νικολαϊδης, Απ., Κοινωνική Ηθική, Αθήνα: Εκδ. Γρηγόρη, 2009. -Παπαρίζος, Αντ., Θεός, εξουσία και θρησκευτική συνείδηση. Τα γενικά, μετατρεπτικά και ερωτικά ενδιάμεσα και η κοινωνία του ανθρώπου, Αθήνα: Ελληνικά Γράμματα, 2001. -Πέτρου, Ι., Κοινωνιολογία, Θεσσαλονίκη: Βάνιας, 2007. -Τσιρώνης, Χ. Ν., «Οι νέοι και το πρόβλημα του Κοινωνικού Αποκλεισμού στην Ύστερη Νεωτερικότητα», στο: Γ. Τσομπάνογλου- Γ. Κορρές, Ι. Γιαννοπούλου (επ.), Κοινωνικός Αποκλεισμός και Πολιτικές Ενσωμάτωσης, Αθήνα: Παπαζήση, 2005, σελ.251- 270. - ΕΚΚΕ, Διαστάσεις του Κοινωνικού Αποκλεισμού στην Ελλάδα, τ. Α’ και Β’, Αθήνα 1996 - `Ιδρυμα Σάκης Καράγιωργας, Κοινωνικές Ανισότητες και Κοινωνικός Αποκλεισμός, Αθήνα 1998 - Fr.-X. Merrien, Αντιμέτωποι με τη φτώχεια, Η Δύση και οι φτωχοί χθες και σήμερα, Αθήνα 1996 - Μ. Κωνσταντίνου, Αμώς, ο προφήτης της δικαιοσύνης, Θεσσαλονίκη 1999 - Σ. Αγουρίδης, Η Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία και σύγχρονη βιβλική έρευνα στο: Δελτίο Βιβλικών Μελετών,τ.17, Αθήνα 1998, σελ. 109-128 - Al. Papaderos, Our Ecumenical Diakonia – Both large and small στο: K.Slack (ed.), Hope in the desert- The Churches‘ United Response to human need 1944- 1984, Geneva 1986 - Ι.Πέτρου, Θεολογία και Κοινωνική δυναμική, Θεσσαλονίκη 1993
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