Ecumenical Social Ethics

Course Information
TitleΟικουμενική Κοινωνική Ηθική / Ecumenical Social Ethics
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorStylianos Tsompanidis
Course ID600015635

Programme of Study: Theology and Culture

Registered students: 2
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses Interdepartmental213
CΗristianikī Grammateía kai IstoríaEE-EMVATHYNSĪS2110
Systīmatikī THeología, Koinōniología kai Spoudī tīs THrīskeíasYE-EMVATHYNSĪS2110
Praktikī THeología kai PaidagōgikīEE-EMVATHYNSĪS2110

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Distance learning
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
  • German (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, post-graduate students will be able to: • discern the basic characteristics of qualitative research and understand its role in the ecumenical movement and particularly in the contemporary socio-ethical thought and action of the World Council of Churches. • analyze and process texts of contemporary ecumenical socio-ethical reflection. • discuss critical issues which concern the Christian churches, especially the Orthodox Church in the contemporary ecumenical dialogue. • work individually and collectively on the various relevant issues and exploit all means of scientific research • present the results of their research in a scientific and contemporary way.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course analyzes the concept, methodology and problematic of ecumenical social ethics. The evolution of socio-ecumenical thought and action concerning the World Council of Churches, and its precursor Movements is investigated, with simultaneous study of the contribution of the Orthodox Church and theology. Emphasis is given on the relationship between Ecclesiology and Ethics, especially in the context of globalization and on the examination of the efforts undertaken during the last years for the cooperation between the Christian Churches and other religions for peace and justice in the world.
Ecumene, Ethics, society, Church and World, Globalization, coexistence, peace, justice, Ecology
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • 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 Organization
Reading Assigment150
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities25
Written assigments30
Student Assessment
The evaluation of students is performed by: •Α paper subjected at the end of the semester •Presentations of various topics in regard to a whole of issues under examination.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Report (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
1. Lemopoulos, G., The Ecumenical Movement, the Churches and the World Council of Churches: An Orthodox contribution to the reflection process on «The Common Understanding and Vision of the WCC», (Orthodox Centre of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Chambésy, Geneva, 19 to 24 June 1995), WCC/Synde¬smos, Geneva/ Bia¬ly¬stok 1996. 2. Orthodoxie und Ökumene. Gemeinsam auf dem Weg zu Gerechtigkeit, Frieden und Bewahrung der Schöpfung. Mit einem Vorwort von Ulrich Duchrow, Münster/Hamburg /London 1999. 3. Εκκλησία και Εκκλησίες. Η θέση των άλλων χριστιανικών Εκκλησιών στην εκκλησιολογική αυτοσυνειδησία της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας στα πλαίσια του οικουμενικού διαλόγου, Εκδόσεις Αρμός, Αθήνα 2013, σελ. 340. 4. Limouris, G. (ed.), Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation. Insights from Orthodoxy, WCC, Geneva 1990. 5. Αναστάσιος (Γιαννουλάτος), Αρχιεπίσκοπος Τιράνων και πάσης Αλβανίας, Παγκοσμιότητα και Ορθοδοξία, εκδ. Ακρίτας, Νέα Σμύρνη 2000. 6. Νικολαΐδης, Α., Οι οικουμενικές περιπέτειες του Χριστιανισμού, εκδ. Γρηγόρη, Αθήνα 2007.
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