Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
-Explain why Religious Education is an essential part of General Education provided at State Schools
-Locate and approach critically the theological aspects in artworks and use them effectively in the teaching process of Religious Education, so that the subject can become a source of inspiration for pupils
-Develop within the educational context of Religious Education their own didactic proposals, with the help of which possible connecting points between culture and theology can be found
-Be aware of the fact, that theology is linked to culture and appreciate this relationship as an important contribution to Religious Education
Course Content (Syllabus)
Basic aim of this course is to approach and consider Religious Education in terms of three aspects, which are of a pedagogical importance. These are the following: a. Formation, b. Culture c. Inspiration and Creativity as well.
The course is structured in two parts:
1st Part: the aforementioned aspects are examined from a theoretical point of view. More precisely:
-Regarding the Formation aspect, it is explained why religious education is an indispensable part of the state school curriculum forming part of the General Education of pupils.
-In relation to the cultural aspect, the relationship between the subject of Religious Education and culture in general is analyzed, while the discussion topic is to what extent the indigenous cultural environment of the pupils can contribute to the cultivation of a meaning in their life and to the development of their critical thinking.
-Regarding the inspirational and creative aspects, a question is posed on which way students in Religious Education can gain not only new knowledge but also broaden their horizon of spiritual orientation. In other words, it deals with how Religious Education is able to bring inspiration to young people
2nd part, the students write and present their assignments and essays during the course. The aim of their work is to identify theological elements in musical works (i.e. music, painting, literature etc.) of their own preference; they also submit their own proposals regarding the teaching methodology that should be applied in order for these artworks to be integrated effectively into the teaching process of Religious Education.
Religious Education, Public Education, Formation, Culture
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Στογιαννίδης, Αθ. (Επιμέλεια, Εισαγωγή, Μετάφραση, Σχόλια) (2018). Μάθημα Παιδείας, Πολιτισμού και Έμπνευσης. Ατενίζοντας το Μέλλον της Θρησκευτικής Εκπαίδευσης στην Ευρώπη. Θεσσαλονίκη: Εκδόσεις Κυριακίδη.
Additional bibliography for study
-Biesinger, A. / Münch, J. / Schweitzer, F. (2008). Glaubwürdig unterrichten. Biographie - Glaube - Unterricht. Freiburg; Basel; Wien: Herder
-Δεληκωνσταντής, Κ. (2009). Η Σχολική Θρησκευτική Αγωγή. Μεταξύ Παιδαγωγικής και Θεολογίας. Αθήνα: Έννοια.
-Roebben, B. (2016). Wie viel und welche Theologie im Religionsunterricht? Über die Intimität der Theologie in der Öffentlichkeit der Schule. Στο: Theologisch-Praktische Quartalschrift, 164, σσ. 181-191.
-Schlag, T. / Suhner, J. (2017). Theologie als Herausforderung religiöser Bildung. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.