Themes in Social and Ecological Ethics.

Course Information
TitleΘέματα κοινωνικής και οικολογικής ηθικής. / Themes in Social and Ecological Ethics.
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorMiltiadis Vantsos
Course ID600015780

Programme of Study: Orthodox Theology and Christian Culture

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
COREElective CoursesWinter/Spring-10
Biblical, Patriarchal, Hagiological and Religious StudiesElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization3210
History, Doctrine, Philosophy and ArcheologyElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization3210
Applied TheologyCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)3210

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
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)
General Prerequisites
After successful completion of this course, students will be able to understand the modern approaches on basic issues of social and ecological ethics and το deepen to the ethical consideration from a Christian point of view.
General Competences
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • 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)
Modern social and ecological problems are primarily ethical and spiritual issues because its causes are related to the attitude of man towards the fellow man, the society and the environment. In this course contemporary social and ecological issues are examined from the point of view of Christian Ethics. 1. Applied ethics 2. The field of orthodox social ethics. 3. Ethical consideration of sport and doping. 4. Whistleblowing. 5. Social media and interpersonal relationships. 6. Health data: the right to privacy and public interests. 7. Modern approaches to the ecological crisis. 8. The theories of biocentrism, speciesism, and vegetarianism. 9. Biblical and patristic notions about the environment. 10. Man as administrator of the environment. 11. Ethical consideration of animal experimentation. 12. Animals as an object of human’s entertainment. 13. Animal genetic manipulation from an ethical point of view.
applied ethics, costal ethics, society, ecology, animals, animal experimentation
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment78
Student Assessment
Written assignment and presentation in the classroom.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
1. Βάντσος Μιλτιάδης, «Η αξιοπρέπεια του ανθρώπου. Έννοια, περιεχόμενο και αξιολόγηση από άποψη Χριστιανικής Ηθικής», σε: Επιστημονική Επετηρίδα Θεολογικής Σχολής του Α.Π.Θ. / Τμήμα Ποιμαντικής και Κοινωνικής Θεολογίας 10 (2005) 197-215. 2. Ζηζιούλας Ιωάννης (Μητρ. Περγάμου), Η κτίση ως ευχαριστία : θεολογική προσέγγιση στο πρόβλημα της οικολογίας, Αθήνα 1992. 3. Καλλιακμάνης Β., Εθελοντισμός και κοινωνική ευθύνη, Θεσσαλονίκη 2002. 4. Μαντζαρίδης Γ., Ορθόδοξη θεολογία και κοινωνική ζωή, Θεσσαλονίκη 1996. 5. Μαντζαρίδης Γ., Κοινωνιολογία του Χριστιανισμού, Θεσσαλονίκη 2010. 6. Μαντζαρίδης Γεώργιος, Χριστιανική Ηθική Ι: Εισαγωγή - Γενικές άρχές - Σύγχρονη προβληματική, Θεσσαλονίκη 2002. 7. Νικολαϊδης Απόστολος., Προβληματισμοί χριστιανικού ήθους, Αθήνα 2002. 8. Νικολαϊδης Απόστολος, Κοινωνική ηθική, Αθήνα 2009. 9. Πέτρου Ιωάννης, Κοινωνική δικαιοσύνη: το πρόβλημα της κοινωνικής δικαιοσύνης στην παράδοση της Ορθοδοξίας, Θεσσαλονίκη 1992. 10. Singer Peter, Practical Ethics, εκδ. Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom 1999. 11. Armstrong Susan (ed.), The animal ethics reader, London - New York 2003. 12. Schaefer Jame, Theological Foundations for Environmental Ethics, Georgetown University Press 2009. 13. Morris Jonathan, The ethics of biotechnology, New York 2006. 14. Regan Tom, The case of animal rights, Berkeley 2010. 15. Vantsos Μiltiadis, «An Orthodox View of Philanthropy and Church Diaconia», σε: Christian Bioethics 13 (2007) 251-268.
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