Issues of Orthodox Bioethics

Course Information
TitleΘέματα Ορθόδοξης Βιοηθικής / Issues of Orthodox Bioethics
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorObrad Karanovic
Course ID600012856

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Koinōnikīs THeologías kai CΗristianikoý Politismoý (2023 kai exīs)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter-4

Class Information
Academic Year2022 – 2023
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)
  • German (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students should be able to understand and describe the moral consideration on Bioethics, particularly from the point of view of Orthodox Ethics. Moreover, they should be able to describe and compare the basic approaches on fundamental bioethical issues, such as abortion, assisted reproductive technology and cloning.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Make decisions
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Bioethics is commonly understood as a bridge, which connects in brings in harmony the scientifically feasible with the morally right. The more the scientifically feasible is extended in interventions which concern the most sensitive stages of life, the more is being understood that it is necessary to evaluate these interventions from an ethics point of view. This course presents the approach of Orthodox Bioethics and examines its contribution to the modern interdisciplinary dialogue on bioethics. 1. The interdisciplinary dialogue on bioethics 2. The importance of terminology in bioethics 3. The approach of Orthodox Bioethics 4. Person and dignity 5. Abortion 6. Abortion: hard cases (after rape, diagnosis of a genetic disease or danger for the health of the pregnant) 7. Prenatal and preimplantation diagnosis 8. Assisted reproductive technology: in-vitro fertilization 9. Assisted reproductive technology: surrogate motherhood 10. Reproductive cloning 11. Therapeutic cloning 12. AIDS 13. Bury or Burn the Dead?
orthodox bioethics, person, dignity, abortion, assisted reproductive technology, cloning, euthanasia
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 Assigment60
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)
1. Βάντσος Μιλτιάδης, Το επιστημονικά εφικτό και το ηθικά ορθό. Προσεγγίσεις Ορθόδοξης Βιοηθικής, Θεσσαλονίκη 2016, ISBN 978-618-5146-39-9, εκδ. Ostracon, σ. 290.
Additional bibliography for study
1. Βάντσου Μιλτιάδη, Ηθική θεώρηση της έκτρωσης, Εκδόσεις Σφακιανάκη, Θεσσαλονίκη 2009. 2. Βλάχου Ιεροθέου (Μητρ. Ναυπάκτου και Αγίου Βλασίου), Βιοηθική και βιοθεολογία, Λειβαδιά 2005. 2. Breck John, The sacred gift of life: Orthodox Christianity and Bioethics, New York 1998. 3. Engelhardt H. Tristram, Τα θεμέλια της βιοηθικής: μια χριστιανική θεώρηση, Αθήνα 2007. 5. Harakas Stanley, For the health of body and soul. An Eastern Orthodox introduction to bioethics, Brookline 1980. 6. Ιεράς Συνόδου της Εκκλησίας της Ελλάδας, Επίσημα κείμενα βιοηθικής, Αθήνα 2007. 7. Κεσελόπουλου Ἀνέστη, Εκ του θανάτου εις την ζωήν: θεολογική προσέγγιση στις προκλήσεις της βιοηθικής, Θεσσαλονίκη 2003 8. Μαντζαρίδη Γεωργίου, «Θεολογική θεώρηση της υποβοηθούμενης αναπαραγωγής», σε: ΕΕΘΣΠΘ / Τμήματος Θεολογίας 10 (2000) 93-111. 9. Χατζηνικολάου Νικολάου (Μητρ. Μεσογαίας και Λαυρεωτικής), Ελεύθεροι από το γονιδίωμα. Προσεγγίσεις ορθόδοξης Βιοηθικής, Αθήνα 2002.
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