Social Theory of modern culture

Course Information
TitleΚοινωνική θεωρία του σύγχρονου πολιτισμού / Social Theory of modern culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorChristos Tsironis
Course ID60005510

Programme of Study: Anamorfōméno PPS Tmīmatos THeologías (2020)

Registered students: 8
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course845

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID

Class Schedule

HallΕξ αποστάσεως (900)
CalendarMartedì 11:00 to 14:00
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
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 (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students are expected to: - identify the basic characteristics of modern culture, - analyze contemporary reality using either the knowledge they have acquired so far or the knowledge they can draw from the literature, - approach the relationship between religion and culture, - apply the relevant knowledge both in their life and in their professional employment.
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course deals with issues related either directly or indirectly to religion, cultural pluralism and religious freedom. More specifically, : Α´. Culture and civilization, conditions for the genesis of modern culture, basic characteristics and social sections of modern, postmodern and postmodernism, globalization and later modernity, globalization and local cultures. Peace, human development and overcoming Violence, Bioethics and Biodiversity in a multicultural society. Art and ecclesiastical community. Β´. Multiculturalism as a social event and social demand, cultural distinctions, S. Huntigton's theory of the clash of cultures, religious fundamentalism, cultural pluralism and respect for the other, religious freedom and democracy.
Social Theory, Culture, Modernity, religion, pluralism
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
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
educational use of e leaning tools, power-point, virtual communication
Course Organization
Reading Assigment502
Written assigments200.8
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Ι. Πέτρου, Κοινωνική θεωρία και Σύγχρονος Πολιτισμός, Θεσσαλονίκη: Βανιας, 2013.
Additional bibliography for study
Baumann, Z., Globalization. The human consequences, Cambridge: Po¬li¬ty Press, 1998. Beauchamp, T.L.- J. Childress, Principles of Biomedical Ethics, New York: Oxford Univ. Pr., 41994. Beck, U. - Α. Giddens - S. Lash, Reflexive Modernization, Politics, Tra¬di¬ti¬on and Aesthetics in the Modern Social Order, Cambridge: Polity Press, 1994. Beck, U. (Hg), Perspektiven der Weltgesellschaft, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1997. Beck, U. (Hg), Politik der Globalisierung, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1997. Beck, U., Risikogesellschaft. Auf dem Weg in eine andere Moderne, Frankfurt: Suhr¬kamp, 1998. Bell, Daniel, The Coming of Post- industrial Society, New York: Basic Books, 1973. Davie, G., Religion in Modern Europe. A Memory mutates, Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2000. Featherstone, M.- S. Lash- R. Robertson (ed.), Global Modernities, London: Sage, 1995. Featherstone, M. (ed.), Global Culture. Nationalism, Globalization and Modernity, London: Sage, 1993. Giddens, A., Modernity and Self-Identity: Self and society in the late Modern Age, Cambridge: Polity, 1991 Habermas, J. Die Neue Unübersichtlichkeit, Frankfurt a.M. 1985. Habermas, J. Die Moderne, ein unvollendetes Projekt, Leipzig 1990. Hamilton, M., The sociology of religion, London: Routledge, 2 2001. Held, D., Global Transformations, Cambridge: Polity Press, 1999. Hirst, P.- G.Thompson, Globalization in Question: The international economy and thε possibilities of governance, Cambridge: Polity Press, 21999. Hoffmann, J. (Hrsg.), Begrűndung der Menschenrechte aus der Sicht unterschiedlicher Kulturen, Frankfurt 1991. Kymlicka, W., Multicultural Citizenship, Oxford: Clarendon, 1995. Lash, S.- J. Friedman, Modernity and Identity, Oxford: Blackwell, 1998. Luckmann, Th., Die unsichtbare Religion, Frankfurt 1991. Raiser, K., For a culture of Life. Transforming Globalization and Violence, Ge¬ne¬va: WCC, 2002. Rawls, J., Political Liberalism, New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1993. Robertson, R., Globalization: Social Theory and Global Culture, London: Sage, 1992. Sen, Amartya, Ökonomie für den Menschen. Wege zur Gerechtigkeit und Solidarität in der Marktwirtschaft, München 2000. UNDP,Human Development Report 2004 (Cultural liberty in today’s diverse world). UNICEF, State of the World’s Children 1997, New York 1997. Giddens Anthony, 2005, Κοινωνιολογία, (μτφρ. Δ. Γ. Τσαούσης), Αθήνα: Gutenberg. Giddens, A. (1989) Εισαγωγή στην κοινωνιολογία. Αθήνα: Εκδ. Οδυσσέας. Τσιρώνης, Χρήστος, 2013, Ο Καταναλωτισμός στη σύγχρονη Κοινωνική Θεωρία. Τομές στο έργο του Ζ. Bauman, Θεσσαλονίκη: Μπαρμπουνάκης. Αρβελέρ, Ε.- M. Aymard, Οι Ευρωπαίοι. Νεότερη και Σύγχρονη Εποχή, τόμ. 2, Αθήνα: Σαββάλας, 2003. Held, D. - A. McGrew, Παγκοσμιοποίηση / Αντι-Παγκοσμιοποίηση, Αθήνα: Πολύτροπον, 2004. Hall, St. - B. Gieben, Η διαμόρφωση της νεωτερικότητας. Οικονομία, κοινωνία, πολιτική, πολιτισμός, Αθήνα: Σαββάλας, 2003. Hall, St. - D. Held - A. McGrew, Η νεωτερικότητα σήμερα. Οικονομία, κοινωνία, πολιτική, πολιτισμός, μτφρ. Θ. Τσακίρης-Β. Τσακίρης, Αθήνα: Σαββάλας, 2003.
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