Social Ethics and the Commercialisation of the Human Body

Course Information
TitleΚοινωνική ηθική και εμπορευματοποίηση του ανθρωπίνου σώματος / Social Ethics and the Commercialisation of the Human Body
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorMiltiadis Vantsos
Course ID600019672

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Pastoral and Social Theology (2013-today)

Registered students: 33
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreElective CoursesWinter-4

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
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 (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students should be able to understand and investigate the moral consideration on commercialisation of the human body from the point of view of Orthodox Bioethics. Moreover, they may compare and evaluate various approaches on important issues of commercialisation, such as slavery, prostitution, surrogate motherhood und organ trade.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Make decisions
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
In this course several forms of commercialisation of the human body are examined, such as slavery, prostitution, surrogate motherhood and organ sales, from the point of view of orthodox social ethics and bioethics. 1. The subject of Social Ethics 2. The characteristics of Orthodox Social Ethics 3. Human Body in the orthodox tradition 4. Slavery in the Holy Scripture 5. Patristic approaches on slavery 6. Prostitution: legal and social approaches 7. Prostitution: philosophical and feministic approaches 8. Prostitution: the theological approach 9. Surrogate motherhood: legal and social approaches 10 Surrogate motherhood: the ethical consideration 11. Selling human organs: a good solution to the organ shortage? 12. The argumentation against selling human organs 13. The commercialisation of human body in the context of bioethics
social ethics, commercialisation, human body, slavery, prostitution, surrogate motherhood, selling organs
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
Classroom teaching using multimedia (powerpoint etc) so as the most important elements mentioned are summarized.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment602.4
Student Assessment
There is an oral examination, which takes place in small groups of 4-5 students.
Student Assessment methods
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Μ. Βάντσος, Η εμπορευματοποίηση του ανθρώπινου σώματος. Ηθική θεώρηση της δουλείας και της πορνείας, εκδ. Ostracon, Θεσσαλονίκη 2019.
Additional bibliography for study
1. Βάντσος Μιλτιάδης, Το επιστημονικά εφικτό και το ηθικά ορθό. Προσεγγίσεις Ορθόδοξης Βιοηθικής, Θεσσαλονίκη 2016. 2. Βάντσος Μιλτιάδης, Ηθική θεώρηση της έκτρωσης, Θεσσαλονίκη 2009. 3. Καλλιακμάνης Βασίλειος, Εθελοντισμός και κοινωνική ευθύνη, Θεσσαλονίκη 2002. 4. Μαντζαρίδης Γεώργιος, Η εμπειρική θεολογία στην οικολογία και την πολιτική, Θεσσαλονίκη 1994. 5. Μαντζαρίδης Γεώργιος, Χριστιανική Ηθική, τομ. ΙΙ, εκδ. Ι.Μ. Βατοπεδίου 2015. 6. Νικολαΐδης Απόστολος, Κοινωνιολογία της Θρησκείας, εκδ. Γρηγόρη, Αθήνα 2007. 7. Νικολαΐδης Απόστολος, Από τη Γένεση στη Γενετική, εκδ. Γρηγόρη, Αθήνα 2006. 8. Πέτρου Ιωάννης, Χριστιανισμός και κοινωνία, εκδ. Μπαρμπουνάκη, Θεσσαλονίκη 2017. 9. Στύλιος Ευθύμιος (Μητρ. Αχελώου), Η σαρξ: ορθόδοξη θεολογική θεώρηση του σώματος, εκδ. Γρηγόρη, Αθήνα 2005. 10. Χατζηνικολάου Νικολάου (Μητρ. Μεσογαίας και Λαυρεωτικής), Ελεύθεροι από το γονιδίωμα. Προσεγγίσεις ορθόδοξης Βιοηθικής, Αθήνα 2002. 11. Engelhardt H. Tristram, Τα θεμέλια της βιοηθικής: μια χριστιανική θεώρηση, Αθήνα 2007.
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