Course Information
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorAthanasios Gkikas
Course ID60005096

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours4
Total Hours52
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The purpose of this course is to prepare students for being able to take over a parish work, with responsibility, as priest-pastors or as priests' professional partners or as social workers who contribute in the special work of a parish's services. The purpose of this course is also to provide the knowledge of how the scientific action, along with the psychological research trial, contribute to the development and implementation of the findings of modern psychological theories in the pastoral work of the Church. Through the theory, along with the Orthodox Pastoral Pshyhology, students will be able to act with responsibility at a parish as priests-pastors or as professional partners of priests or as social workers who contribute to the speciallised offer of a parish's services. In addition, they will have the chance to learn what kind of problems the believers are facing because of the wrong religious life and which actions they have to take in order to provide solutions.In addition, students will come in touch with the parish and the pastoral field work. They will be informed, through direct and realistic terms, for the issues that a pastor and the social workers are facing during their work. In addition, this course works as a reinforcement of the cooperation between the lay theologians and the priests as a further element to the educating process which takes place at schools.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Through this course (the integration of theory and practise), students will gain experience and knowledge about the parish work's activities [parish community, priesthood, the personality and the ministry of a priest (sanctyfying, teaching, administrative work), the mysteries of a parish]. Introduction (Definition, History and Resources of Pastoral Psychology). Academic Theology and Pastoral Psychology. The relationship between Psychology and spiritual life. Depth Psychology and Spiritual Guidance of believers. The pastoral-psychologist researcher. The psychological conflict (Freud, Jung, Adler, Horney, I. Carouso). Biblical morphology of the psychological conflict's structure. Biblical morphology of the solution for a psychological conflict. The guilt and the aggression related to the ideal image of a person. Puberty and religiousness. The language of communication between Church and the Modern World.1 An Etymological and semantic approach to pastoral terms. History and sources of Pastoral Care. 2 The relationship between Pastoral Care and other sciences and resulting disciplines. 3 Definition, History, and Sources of Pastoral Psychology. 4 Academic Theology and Pastoral Psychology. The relationship between psychology and the spiritual life. 5 Pastoral Theology, the parish and priesthood. 6 On the personality of the pastor. The pastoral-psychologist researcher. 7 Depth Psychology and the spiritual guidance of the faithful. 8 The sanctifying, didactic, and administrative work of the pastor. 9 The Sacraments. 10 Psychological conflicts: Its structure and resolution 11 Guilt and aggression vis-à-vis the ideal image of the individual 12 Adolescence and spirituality 13 The Church’s language of communication with the contemporary world
Pastoral care, parish, priesthound, folk, preaching, worship, philanthropy, spiritual father, guidance
Educational Material Types
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
The teaching iw compined with presentation (Power Point). Studens can communicate through e-mail.
Course Organization
Written assigments
Επισκέψεις σε ενορίες και ιδρύματVisits to parishes and institutions of pastoral care
Student Assessment
The assesment of the Paper and oral exams related to the paper's subject (bibliography, structure, concept of the paper). The class attendance and the participation to the fieldwork exercises counts positively for the final grade. More than two absences from the class need to be justified. Students, who are not able to attend lectures for a reason, they have to come in contact with the lecturer in order to arrange the way of their assesment.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Παρουσίες στις Workshop attendance (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Αθανασίου Γκίκα, (πρωτοπρεσβυτέρου), Μαθήματα Ποιμαντικής, εκδ. Μυγδονία, Θεσσαλονίκη 2005. 2. Αλέξανδρου Σταυρόπουλου, Επιστήμη και Τέχνη της Ποιμαντικής, εκδ. Αρμός, Αθήνα 1997. 3. 1α. Ιωάννου Κορναράκη, Εγχειρίδιον Ποιμαντικής Ψυχολογίας, εκδ. Κυριακίδη, Θεσσαλονίκη 1993. 4. 1β. Αδαμαντίου Αυγουστίδη, Ποιμένας και Θεραπευτής, εκδ. Ακρίτας, Αθήνα 2005. 5. 2. Ιωάννου Κορναράκη, Θέματα Ποιμαντικής Ψυχολογίας ΙΙΙ, εκδ. Κυριακίδη, Θεσσαλονίκη 1998.
Additional bibliography for study
1. ΑΚΡΙΤΑΣ εκδόσεις, Ενορία. Προς μια νέα ανακάλυψή της [ Ορθόδοξη Μαρτυρία 37], Αθήνα . 2. Καλογερά Νικηφόρου, Η Ποιμαντική, Αθήναι 1883. 3. Νεκταρίου Κεφαλά, Μητροπολίτου Πενταπόλεως, Μάθημα Ποιμαντικής,[1898], Θεσσαλονίκη 1974. 4. Γαλανοπούλου Μελετίου, Μητροπολίτου Κυθήρων, Ο ποιμήν κατά τας ποιμαντικάς επιστολάς του Αγίου Αποστόλου Παύλου, Αθήναι 1956. 5. Διονυσίου (Χαραλάμπους) Μητροπολίτου Τρίκκης, Ο πιστός Οικονόμος, Αθήναι 19613. 6. Καψάνη Γεωργίου, Η Ποιμαντική διακονία κατά τους ιερούς κανόνας, Πειραιεύς 1976. 7. Campbel Alastair (ed), A Dictionnary of Pastoral Care, London, SPCK: New Library of Pastoral Care, 1990, Second impression with Supplament 1995. 8. Hunter Rodney (ed), Dictionnary of Pastoral Care and Counceling, Nashville, Abingdon Press,1990. 9. Arnold William, Introduction to Pastoral Care, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Westminster Press, 1982. 10. Allen Joseph, The ministry of the Church. The Image of Pastoral Care, Creswood, New York, St. Vladimir’ s Seminary Press, 1986. 11. Timiadis Emilianos, Metropolitan of Syllibria, Priest, Parish and Renewal. Concepts for Pastoral Effectiveness, George K. Duvall, Holy Cross Orthodox Press, Broukline 1994. 12. Μπαλογιάννη Σταύρου, Εισαγωγή εις την Ψυχολογίαν, Θεσσαλονίκη 1980. 13. -, Ποιμαντική Ψυχολογία, Θεσσαλονίκη 1980 14. -, Ψυχιατρική και Ποιμαντική Ψυχιατρική, Θεσσαλονίκη 1986. 15. Pierre Daco, Ψυχανάλυσις και ψυχική ισορροπία, μτφ. Καίσαρ Εμμανουήλ,εκδ, Δίπτυχο, Αθήνα 1970. Πρωτότυπος τίτλος Les Triomphes de la psychanalyse. 16. I.Caruso, Ψυχανάλυσις και σύνθεσις της υπάρξεως. Σχέσεις μεταξύ ψυχολογικής αναλύσεως και αξιών της ζωής, μτφ. Αθαν. Καραντώνη, Αθήνα 1953. 17. Eric Fromm, Ψυχανάλυσις και θρησκεία, μτφ. Αιμ. Μακρίδη, Αθήναι 1974. 18. Σταυροπούλου Αλεξάνδρου, Συμβουλευτική Ποιμαντική, Αθήνα 1984.
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