World Religions

Course Information
TitleΣύγχρονα μεγάλα θρησκεύματα / World Religions
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorAngeliki Ziaka
Course ID60000284

Programme of Study: Anamorfōméno PPS Tmīmatos THeologías (2020)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course535

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
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)
Learning Outcomes
To be familiar with the religions and cultures of the East and Asia, to understand the basic principles of the world's religions, to gain skills in communication and socializing with the religiously and culturally 'other', to acquire knowledge with the aim to promote recognition of differences, to remove prejudices and to encourage mutual understanding and respect.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Genesis, historical development, teaching, myth, worship, life and society of the modern major religions and cultures of the world, that of Indian (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikchismou) Chinese (Confucianism, Taoism), Tibetan (Lamaism and Bon) and Japanese (Shinto and Japanese Buddhism). Special reference to Islam: genesis, evolution, disciplines, teaching, and structure of Islamic society, contemporary religious and political considerations.
Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto, Japanese Buddhism, Islam, Religions and Philosophies
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Course Organization
Reading Assigment381.5
Written assigments341.4
Student Assessment
Written exams at the end of semester. Intermediate evaluation with students presentations to the audience.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1α. Γρ. Ζιάκας, Θρησκείες, Κοινωνίες και Πολιτισμοί της Ασίας (Ινδικά, Βουδιστικά, Κινεζικά, Θιβετικά και Ιαπωνικά Θρησκεύματα), Εκδόσεις ΠΑΜΑΚ, Θεσσαλονίκη 2016. 1β. Π. Παχής, Θρησκείες της Ανατολής, εκδόσεις Κορνηλία Σφακιανάκη, Θεσσαλονίκη 2005. 2. R. McCutcheon, Κατασκευάζοντας τη θρησκεία, εκδόσεις Βάνιας, Θεσσαλονίκη 2003.
Additional bibliography for study
Jacobsen, Knut, Objects of worship in South Asian religions: forms, practices and meanings, Routledge, 2014. Raj, Selva J, South Asian Religions, Routledge, 2012.
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