The theology of icons and the modern world

Course Information
TitleΗ θεολογία των εικόνων και ο σύγχρονος κόσμος / The theology of icons and the modern world
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorThomai Chouvarda
Course ID600012745

Programme of Study: Anamorfōméno PPS Tmīmatos THeologías (2020)

Registered students: 4
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter/Spring-3

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
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)
  • French (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: a) analyze the teaching of the Church about icons based on the teaching of the Fathers b) approach theologically the orthodox iconology using specific examples c) managment contemporary interdisciplinary questions about the theology of icons.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course aims to highlight the value of the Church teaching about the icons with emphasis on contemporary reality. Patristic teaching on the spiritual value of icons will be explored and emphasis will be placed on the modern approach to religious depiction (eg. the communicative aspect of the image, the religious image in the modern information society). The course will show the way and the methods that modern interdisciplinary procedures conclude to related results with the Orthodox iconography and its theological consolidation.
theology of icons, Fathers of the Church, modern world
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • 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
Course's presentations will be offered as a powerpoint form. Updates and additional bibliographical material will be posted on elearning platform.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment160.6
Written assigments180.7
Student Assessment
Submission of a paper during the courses. Oral examination.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Βασ. Κουκουσάς-Διον. Βαλαής, Θέματα Εκκλησιαστικής Ιστορίας, Εκδόσεις Μπαρμπουνάκης 2010.
Additional bibliography for study
Thecla Kuhnis-Hartman, Θεραπεία κάτω από σκιά. Θεραπείες στις εικόνες - Θεραπείες από τις εικόνες, Εκδόσεις Ostracon, Θεσσαλονίκη 2015.
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