Orthodoxy in the World of Southeast Europe and Russia: Ecclesiastical Life, Theological Currents, Popular Culture

Course Information
TitleΗ Ορθοδοξία στον Κόσμο της Νοτιοανατολικής Ευρώπης και της Ρωσίας: Εκκλησιαστικός Βίος, Θεολογικά Ρεύματα, Λαϊκός Πολιτισμός / Orthodoxy in the World of Southeast Europe and Russia: Ecclesiastical Life, Theological Currents, Popular Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorIlias Evangelou
Course ID600019392

Programme of Study: Anamorfōméno PPS Tmīmatos THeologías (2020)

Registered students: 3
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesSpring-3

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

Class Schedule

HallΕξ αποστάσεως (900)
CalendarΠέμπτη 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 (Instruction, Examination)
  • Bulgarian, Serbian (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: -Specify the development stages of the Orthodox ecclesiastical life during the last period of the Russian Empire and the period of the Soviet Union that succeeded it, -Approach critically the impact Soviet Union had on the life of the Churches, which were under its strong influence or arose from it -Analyze currents and tendencies of Russian theological thought and their most important representatives in the same period as well Finally -Realize the power of ecclesiastical experience, which shaped the spiritual life and permeated popular culture in all its expressions in the Slavic world of Southeastern Europe and the Balkans
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course presents the evolution of Orthodox ecclesiastical life in modern times within the borders of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, which succeeded it. At the same time, is presented the influence of the Russian ecclesiastical tradition on the life of the Churches, which were under its strong influence or arose from it. Also, in this course is presented the currents and tendencies of Russian theological thought, as well as its most important representatives in the critical period from the 19th to the 20th century. Their presentation begins with the mystical movement of Paisius Velickovsky's circle. Then, it is explored its influence on Russian theology, as well as the currents of Slavophiles and Westernizers that dominated throughout the 19th century and into the early 20th century. Following are presented the ideological tendencies that shaped the political developments that influenced Russian theological thought up to the Revolution of 1917, which is a milestone to its subsequent course in the 20th century. Finally, in this course are presented the aspects of the spiritual life and ecclesiastical experience of the Slavs of Southeastern Europe and in particular of the Balkans as reflected in their popular culture.
Orthodoxy, Southeastern Europe, Russia, Ecclesiastical Life, Theological Currents, Popular Culture
Educational Material Types
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
P.C., Projector (Power Point, Digital Material)
Course Organization
Reading Assigment341.4
Student Assessment
Oral exams
Student Assessment methods
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Κ. Νιχωρίτη, Ρωσία και βαλκανικοί λαοί 18ος-19ος αι., εκδ. Μπαρμπουνάκης, Θεσσαλονίκη 2019
Additional bibliography for study
Florovsky G., Ways of Russian Theology, Part One, [Collected Works of Georges Florovsky, 5] Nordland Pub Intl 1979. Part Two, Notable & Academic Book 1987 Φλορόφσκυ Γ., Σταθμοί της Ρωσικής Θεολογίας, Μέρος Πρώτο, μετάφρ. Ε. Γιούλτση, Θεσσαλονίκη 1986 Αυδίκου Ε. (επιμ.), Λαϊκοί πολιτισμοί και σύνορα στα Βαλκάνια, Εκδ. Πεδίο 2010 Πουλόπουλου Ν., Η Ρωσική Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία στην ΕΣΣΔ: 1956-1964, Θεσσαλονίκη 2020
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