Course Information
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorEleni Antonopoulou
Course ID60005188

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
After successful completion of this course, students, having acquired a general knowledge on the philosophical and ethical views and arguments, as well as the position of orthdox theology regarding the natural environment, will be able to identify the difference between good and problematic arguments and to analyze and compare the arguments of the ecological ethics theories, as well as of specific individuals. They will also be able to compose their own arguments and positions on contemporary issues relating to ecological ethics, and to participate, as theologians, in the discussions for dealing with the deeper causes of the current environmental problems. Finally, those that will work as educators, having digested the whole problematic, will, in turn, be able to present these issues to their students and offer answers from the christian viewpoint.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • 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, we will focus on the contemporary models of environmental ethics, which aim in dealing with the ever increasing number and size of the current environmental issues. We will also take a quick look on the way Christian ethics can help tackle the ecological crisis. Students will have the opportunity to see if and how all these apply in practice. Course outline 1. Contemporary environmental issues 2. Main concepts in environmental ethics 3. Anthropocentric ethics 4. Ethics of life: traditional theories of environmental ethics 5. Environmental ethics and politics 6. Environmental ethics and the economy 7. Orthodox Christian tradition 8. The Ecumenical Patriarchate 9. Animal liberation 10. Environmental ethics and dietary choices 11. Western Christian churches 12. Paper presentation 13. Paper presentation
Christianity, environment, anthropocentric, ethics, ecology
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment351.4
Written assigments251
Student Assessment
For their final assessment, students have to prepare an essay and present it during the last lecture of the semester (100% of the final grade). Alternatively, those that do not wish to prepare an essay, will have to take an oral exam during the examination period of the School (100% of the final grade).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Α. Γεωργόπουλος, Περιβαλλοντική ηθική, εκδ. Gutenberg, Αθήνα 2002.
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. 6. Γεωργίου Μαντζαρίδη, Η εμπειρική θεολογία στην οικολογία και πολιτική, Θεσσαλονίκη 1994. 7. Singer, Peter, Practical Ethics, εκδ. Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom 1999. 8. Armstrong Susan (ed.), The animal ethics reader, London - New York 2003. 9. Jame Schaefer, Theological Foundations for Environmental Ethics, Georgetown University Press 2009. 10. Jonathan Morris, The ethics of biotechnology, New York 2006. 11. Βαρθολομαίος Οικουμενικός Πατριάρχης, Μηνύματα και Ομιλίαι δια το Περιβάλλον, Εκδόσεις Σταμούλη, Αθήνα 2002.
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