Course Information
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorAthanasios Gkikas
Course ID60001188

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • General Knowledge
  • 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 the spiritual counceling of believers, with responsibility, as priest-pastors who serve the mystery of Repentance. In addition, as educators at schools, they will be able to deal with students' problems through the pastoral dialogue.
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 teams
  • Work in an international context
  • 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)
The course refers to the Mystery of Repentance. The History and the development of the Mystery through years. The conceptual approach to terms like sin, repentance, guilt, repulsion, sensitive consciousness, reconciliation, redemption, upbraid, akriveia-oikonomia). The levels of repentance. The Spiritual Father (special qualifications, establisment, option). The spiritual father and the person who makes a confession 1) Introduction into the contents and scope of the course. 2) The history and development of the sacrament. Bibliographical survey. 3) Semantic approach to terms (sin, confession, guilt, repression, sensitive consious, reconciliation, redemption, penance, akriveia/oikonomia). 4) The spiritual father. On fatherhood, the biological-spiritual father, consecration, selection. 5) Special presuppositions concerning spiritual fatherhood. 6) Consecration and selection of a spiritual father. 7) The spiritual father and the sacrament of confession. 8) The spiritual father and penances. 9) Canons and repentance. Akriveia and economy. 10) The confessant during the sacrament of confession. 11) The pastoral dialogue. Stages and principles. 12) Psychoanalysis and the sacrament of repentance. 13) The spiritual father and dealing with people who have psychological disorders.
Conffesion, repentance, discration, spiritual fether, forgivness
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
power point e-mail
Course Organization
Reading Assigment
Student Assessment
Oral exams on the taught material, where students participate in groups of six people. The class attendance along with the undertaken assignments, which are related to the course's literature, 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
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Αθανασίου Γκίκα (πρωτοπρεσβυτέρου), Ο Πνευματικός και το Μυστήριο της Μετανοίας, εκδ. Μυγδονία, Θεσσαλονίκη 2005. 2. Αγίου Νικοδήμου Αγιορείτου, Εξομολογητάριον.
Additional bibliography for study
1. Αγαπίου Ιερομονάχου και Νικοδήμου Αγιορείτου, Πηδάλιον...... ήτοι άπαντες οι ιεροί κανόνες..., εκδ.Αστήρ, Αθήναι 1957. 2. Ιωάννου Αγγελοπούλου, Η Μετάνοια κατά την Ορθόδοξον Καθολικήν Εκκλησίαν, Αθήναι 1998. 3. Amato Angelo, Il sacramento della Penitenza nella Theologia Greco-Orthodossa. Studi Storico-Dogmatici (sec.XVI-XX), [Ανάλεκτα Βλατάδων 38], Θεσσαλονίκη 1982 4. Αιμιλιανού Τιμιάδου, Αι αρχαί της μετανοίας, Αθήναι 1967. 5. Αρχιμανδρίτου Γαβριήλ, Οδηγός πνευματικού και εξομολογουμένου, Αθήναι 19853. 6.Αρχιμανδρίτου Σωφρονίου (Σαχάρωφ), Περί προσευχής, (μτφ. Εκ του Ρωσσικού ιερομονάχου Ζαχαρία), Ιερά Μονή Τιμίου Προδρόμου, Έσσεξ Αγγλίας 1993. 7. Θεοδώρου Γιάγκου, Ισαάκ Μοναχού Νομοκάνονον Πρόχειρον, Θεσσαλονίκη 2001. 8. Αλεξάνδρου Σμέμαν, Πώς πρέπει να εξομολογούμε και πώς πρέπει να εξομολογούμεθα, Κατερίνη 1986. 9. Χριστοφόρου Σταυρόπουλου, Ποιμαντική της Μετανοίας, Αθήναι 1983. 10. Φιλοθέου Φάρου, Ο Διάλογος. Αρχές και Μέθοδοι, Αθήναι 1979. 11. Βενιζέλου Χριστοφορίδη, Η πνευματική πατρότης κατά Συμεών τον Νέον Θεολόγον, (δ.δ.),Θεσσαλονίκη 1977. 12. Ιωάννου Κορναράκη, Μαθήματα Εξομολογητικής, εκδ. Κυριακίδη, Θεσσαλονίκη χχ. 13. Ιωάννου Κορναράκη, Ψυχολογία και Πνευματική ζωή, Θεσσαλονίκη 1976. 14. Ιωάννου Κορναράκη- Αλέξανδρου Σταυρόπουλου (εκδ), Σχέσεις Ψυχολογίας και πνευματικής ζωής, Πρακτικά Α΄Συμποσίου Ποιμαντικής Ψυχολογίας και Εξομολογητικής, Θεσσαλονίκη 1981. 15. Χριστοδούλου Μουστάκα, Η μετάνοια κατά τον άγιο Ιωάννη τον Χρυσόστομο, Αθήνα 1993.
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