Russian spirituality

Course Information
TitleΡωσική πνευματικότητα / Russian spirituality
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorEleni Oikonomou
Course ID60002303

Programme of Study: Anamorfōméno PPS Tmīmatos THeologías (2020)

Registered students: 1
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter-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)
Learning Outcomes
After the lectures the students will be able to: - approach interdisciplinary the Russian religious phenomenon in its interactions with domestic and world culture. - record the characteristics of the spirituality of Eastern Slavic societies - describe forms of spirituality such as monasticism, salivation, ageless alienation as well as extreme forms of asceticism - distinguish the socio-ecclesiastical roots of Russian nihilism and anarchism.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • 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)
This course is aiming at enhancing the spirituality of the East Slavic societies as imprinted and continues to evolve in the various encounters of their theology with both history and spiritual/material civilization. The following topics are analyzed: Characteristics of the Russian spirituality: monasticism, fool-for-Christ behavior, perpetual immigration. Extreme types of asceticism. The “poetics” of deviation within the sects and the Old Believers’ schism. The influence of German mysticism in Russian spirituality. The spirituality in Russian philosophy (Berdyaev, Bulgakov, Florensky) and literature (Gogol, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy). Lay spirituality: The troubadours of faith, the enchanted folk tale, the Lubok [popular print], the box, the Matryoska Doll. Socio-ecclesiastical roots of the Russian nihilism and anarchism. The Homo Sovieticus. The name of the Father: key for understanding.
spirituality, monasticism, asceticism, October Revolution
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
(a) using the computer and the projector for presentation of small films, songs and announcements relating to subdivisions of the course b) Internet usage and search questions concerning sections of the course
Course Organization
Reading Assigment160.6
Written assigments170.7
Student Assessment
Written exam Written assignment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
G. Florovsky, Σταθμοί της ρωσικής θεολογίας [Ways of Russian Theology], part I, Greek translation by Eut. V. Yioultsi, Thessaloniki: Pournaras 1986.
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