Organ transplantation from an ethical point of view

Course Information
TitleΗθική θεώρηση της μεταμόσχευσης / Organ transplantation from an ethical point of view
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorMiltiadis Vantsos
Course ID600012857

Class Information
Academic Year2022 – 2023
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
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 the moral consideration on transplantation of human tissues and organs from the point of view of Orthodox Bioethics. Moreover, they may approach and evaluate relevant ethical issues, such as the theological approach of organ donation, the medical ethos concerning donor and recipient, the autonomy and information of the living donor, the permissibility of compensation or reward, the approach of presumed consent and brain death.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Make decisions
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course concerns the moral consideration on transplantation of human tissues and organs from the point of view of Orthodox Bioethics. In this context the following issues are examined: 1. The historical background and the stand of the discussion today. 2. The theological argumentation against organ donation in the middle of the 20. century. 3. The theological approach in favour of organ donation as an act of love. 4. Is organ donation a moral duty for the Christian? Is ethically justifiable a donation which means self-sacrifice? 5. Medical ethos regarding the potential donor and recipient. 6. The autonomy of the donor as presupposion for accepting the organ donation. 7. The information of the donor for the potential implications as presupposion for accepting the organ donation. 8. The profit of the donor as presupposion for accepting the organ donation. 9. Should there be any limits concerning the person of the living donor? 10. Is a compensation or a reward of the living donor morally justifiable? 11. is the organ sales ethically justifiable? 12. The issue of brain death. 13. The position of the Orthodox Church.
transplantation, organ donation, love, autonomy, medical ethos, comercialisation, brain death
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)
1. Βάντσος Μιλτιάδης - Νικολούσης Εμμανουήλ, Η μεταμόσχευση ιστού και οργάνου από ζώντα δότη. Ιατρική και ηθική θεώρηση, εκδ. Ostracon, Θεσσαλονίκη 2016, σ. 280.
Additional bibliography for study
1. Βάντσος Μιλτιάδης, Το επιστημονικά εφικτό και το ηθικά ορθό. Προσεγγίσεις Ορθόδοξης Βιοηθικής, εκδ. Ostracon, Θεσσαλονίκη 2016. 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. Χατζηνικολάου Νικολάου (Μητρ. Μεσογαίας και Λαυρεωτικής), Αλλήλων μέλη. Οι μεταμοσχεύσεις στο φως της ορθόδοξης θεολογίας και ζωής, Αθήνα 2005.
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