Society, Religion and culture in Contemporary Social Theory

Course Information
TitleΚοινωνία-Θρησκεία-Πολιτισμός: Σύγχρονη Κοινωνική θεωρία / Society, Religion and culture in Contemporary Social Theory
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorChristos Tsironis
Course ID600019378

Programme of Study: Anamorfōméno PPS Tmīmatos THeologías (2020)

Registered students: 8
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter-3

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID

Class Schedule

FloorFloor 3
HallΑΙΘΟΥΣΑ Δ (100)
CalendarMonday 14:00 to 17:00
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
  • Distance learning
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The overall aim of this course is to critically present, explain and define the main concepts, theories and methods of analysis on the relationship between religious manifestations, culture and societal situation within the frame of contemporary social theory. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will: - get knowledge of the basic concepts relating with culture and religion in the Second Modernity. - approach basic social issues in the modern world in an interdisciplinary way involving its social, theological and cultural aspects. - understand the relation between humanities and other sciences - understand the relation between social theory, theology, and other scientific fields - learn the basic principles of analysis on the fields of modern social, ethical, theological and cultural issues relating with social problems and especially with poverty in the modern societies
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work in teams
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course focuses on the issues of second modernity relating the turn of events in the areas of religions, culture, social challenges/problems. More particularly, its aim is to study in an interdisciplinary way the spectrum of contemporary social problems and especially their impact in a variety of cultural, religious, ecological, economic and social aspects of the modern society(-ies). It will examine the ways in which the characteristics of Second Modernity affects particular choices of social action in everyday life as well as the values, the priorities, and the perceptions of personal and collective identity. In order to better clarify the implications of the current turn of events a special focus will be given on the emergence of new forms of social choices/actions and their ethical perspective. The course will explore as key themes the following topics: Religion, Art,Covid-19, Integral Ecology, New Poverty, the Consumer Society- Culture- Religion.
Scientific Study of Religion(s), culture, society
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Power point presentations, video, fotos and digidal files will be used on the service of learning objectives.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment180.7
Written assigments160.6
Student Assessment
The students will be called to answer to Essay questions with a reflexive approach on issues that will been analysed during the semester.
Student Assessment methods
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Ο καταναλωτισμός στη σύγχρονη Κοινωνική Θεωρία: τομές στο έργο του Z. Bauman, Θεσσαλονίκη: Μπαρμπουνάκης, 2013.
Additional bibliography for study
Beck, U. - Α. Giddens - S. Lash, Reflexive Modernization, Politics, Tra¬di¬ti¬on and Aesthetics in the Modern Social Order, Cambridge: Polity Press, 1994. Beck, U. (Hg), Perspektiven der Weltgesellschaft, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1997. Beck, U. (Hg), Politik der Globalisierung, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1997. Beck, U., Risikogesellschaft. Auf dem Weg in eine andere Moderne, Frankfurt: Suhr¬kamp, 1998. Bell, Daniel, The Coming of Post- industrial Society, New York: Basic Books, 1973. Davie, G., Religion in Modern Europe. A Memory mutates, Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2000. Featherstone, M.- S. Lash- R. Robertson (ed.), Global Modernities, London: Sage, 1995. Featherstone, M. (ed.), Global Culture. Nationalism, Globalization and Modernity, London: Sage, 1993. Giddens, A., Modernity and Self-Identity: Self and society in the late Modern Age, Cambridge: Polity, 1991 Habermas, J. Die Neue Unübersichtlichkeit, Frankfurt a.M. 1985. Habermas, J. Die Moderne, ein unvollendetes Projekt, Leipzig 1990. Hamilton, M., The sociology of religion, London: Routledge, 2 2001. Held, D., Global Transformations, Cambridge: Polity Press, 1999. Hirst, P.- G.Thompson, Globalization in Question: The international economy and thε possibilities of governance, Cambridge: Polity Press, 21999. Hoffmann, J. (Hrsg.), Begrűndung der Menschenrechte aus der Sicht unterschiedlicher Kulturen, Frankfurt 1991. Kymlicka, W., Multicultural Citizenship, Oxford: Clarendon, 1995. Lash, S.- J. Friedman, Modernity and Identity, Oxford: Blackwell, 1998. Luckmann, Th., Die unsichtbare Religion, Frankfurt 1991. Raiser, K., For a culture of Life. Transforming Globalization and Violence, Ge¬ne¬va: WCC, 2002. Rawls, J., Political Liberalism, New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1993. Robertson, R., Globalization: Social Theory and Global Culture, London: Sage, 1992. Sen, Amartya, Ökonomie für den Menschen. Wege zur Gerechtigkeit und Solidarität in der Marktwirtschaft, München 2000. UNDP,Human Development Report 2004 (Cultural liberty in today’s diverse world). UNICEF, State of the World’s Children 1997, New York 1997. Giddens Anthony, 2005, Κοινωνιολογία, (μτφρ. Δ. Γ. Τσαούσης), Αθήνα: Gutenberg. Giddens, A. (1989) Εισαγωγή στην κοινωνιολογία. Αθήνα: Εκδ. Οδυσσέας. Τσιρώνης, Χρήστος, 2013, Ο Καταναλωτισμός στη σύγχρονη Κοινωνική Θεωρία. Τομές στο έργο του Ζ. Bauman, Θεσσαλονίκη: Μπαρμπουνάκης. Αρβελέρ, Ε.- M. Aymard, Οι Ευρωπαίοι. Νεότερη και Σύγχρονη Εποχή, τόμ. 2, Αθήνα: Σαββάλας, 2003. Held, D. - A. McGrew, Παγκοσμιοποίηση / Αντι-Παγκοσμιοποίηση, Αθήνα: Πολύτροπον, 2004. Hall, St. - B. Gieben, Η διαμόρφωση της νεωτερικότητας. Οικονομία, κοινωνία, πολιτική, πολιτισμός, Αθήνα: Σαββάλας, 2003. Hall, St. - D. Held - A. McGrew, Η νεωτερικότητα σήμερα. Οικονομία, κοινωνία, πολιτική, πολιτισμός, μτφρ. Θ. Τσακίρης-Β. Τσακίρης, Αθήνα: Σαββάλας, 2003. -Bauman, Z., Consuming Life, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2007. -Bauman, Z., Liquid Times. Living in an Age of Uncertainty, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2007. -Bauman, Z., Does Ethics have a Chance in a World of Consumers?, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008. -Bauman, Z., Collateral Damage: Social Inequalities in a Global Age, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2011. -Νικολαϊδης, Απ., Κοινωνική Ηθική, Αθήνα: Εκδ. Γρηγόρη, 2009.
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