Churches and Religions in the international political scene

Course Information
TitleΕκκλησίες και θρησκείες στη Διεθνή Πολιτική Σκηνή / Churches and Religions in the international political scene
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorStylianos Tsompanidis
Course ID600019347

Programme of Study: Anamorfōméno PPS Tmīmatos THeologías (2020)

Registered students: 6
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesSpring-3

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

Class Schedule

HallΕξ αποστάσεως (900)
CalendarΔευτέρα 18:00 έως 21:00
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
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 (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: -Study scientifically texts of modern ecumenical ecclesiological reflection -Analyze current problems in the world, which lead in conflicts, violence and social injustice -Realize the universality of the vision of the people for peace and justice. -Value and assess the participation of the Christian churches to help build a culture of peace and justice -Shape critically their own view on crucial issues concerning Christian churches and Religions within the context of modern ecumenical dialogue
General Competences
  • Work in teams
  • 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 deals with the question of how the ecumenical movement of Christian Churches is trying to answer the challenge of economic globalization, and also with the necessity of the Interreligious dialogue and solidarity among believers of different religions towards building a culture of 'just peace' for all creation.Τhe interest of the course focuses on the World Council of Churches (WCC), one of the biggest and oldest transnational non-governmental players within international community. WCC is an example of transnational religious nog-governmental organization that engages in a wide range of issues concerning human rights and the fight against racism, the peaceful conflict resolution, the abolition of nuclear weapons and disarmament, the economic and social development, the climate change and the protection of the environment, the discrimination against women, the rights of refugees and indigenous, the foundations and the criteria for political ethics in a global context.
World Council of Churches, transnational non-governmental organization, dialogue, religion and politics, international affairs, peace and justice.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • 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
(a) using the computer and the projector for presentation of slides, songs and announcements relating to subdivisions of the course b) Internet usage and search questions concerning sections of the course
Course Organization
Reading Assigment241.0
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities50.2
Written assigments50.2
Student Assessment
Students’ participation in classroom (discussion, asking questions, formulating comments, giving information) is usually used as an important indicator of the interest of the student and isauxiliary to the results of exams. Examinations are written, oral or in a project form.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Στ. Τσομπανίδης, Εκκλησία της εξόδου: Οικουμένη, κοινωνία, άνθρωπος. Θέματα οικουμενικού προβληματισμού, εκδόσεις Ostracon, Θεσσαλονίκη 2018, ISBN: 978-618-5146-71-9 2. Στ. Τσομπανίδης, Μετα-λετουργία: Η συμμετοχή της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας και θεολογίας στην κοινή χριστιανική μαρτυρία για δικαιοσύνη, ειρήνη και ακεραιότητα της δημιουργίας, Εκδ. Πουρναράς, Θεσσαλονίκη 2009. ISBN 978-960-242-428-5
Additional bibliography for study
Stanley D. Brunn, “The World Council of Churches as a Global Actor: Ecumenical Space as Geographical Space”, Geographica Slovenica, 34/1, 2001, pp. 65-78. J. Haynes και X. Καραγιαννοπούλου (επιμ.), Θρησκεία και Πολιτική. Μια Σύγχρονη Επιτομή, μτφ. Λουκρητία Μακροπούλου, Αθήνα, Πεδίο, 2018. Ninan ,Koshy, Churches in the World of Nations, Geneva, WCC, 1994. Konrad,Raiser, “International order”, N. Losky et altri (eds), Dictionary of Ecumenical Movement, Geneva, WCC,2002, pp. 598-603. Στ. Τσομπανίδης, «Παγκόσμιο Συμβούλιο Εκκλησιών και Διεθνής Πολιτική Σκηνή», Το Πολιτικό Φαινόμενο σε Μετάβαση. Προκλήσεις για τη Δημοκρατία, το Κράτος και την Κοινωνία, (επ.) Σ. Κονιόρδος, Τμήμα Πολιτικής Επιστήμης & Διεθνών Σχέσεων Πανεπιστήμιο Πελοποννήσου, Κόρινθος 2020, 845-855. WCC (1998), The role of the WCC in international affairs, διαθέσιμο στο:
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