Bioethics (Seminar).

Course Information
TitleΒιοηθική (Σεμινάριο). / Bioethics (Seminar).
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorMiltiadis Vantsos
Course ID600015758

Programme of Study: Orthodox Theology and Christian Culture

Registered students: 14
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Biblical, Patriarchal, Hagiological and Religious StudiesElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization2110
History, Doctrine, Philosophy and ArcheologyElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization2110
Applied TheologyCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)2110

Class Information
Academic Year2022 – 2023
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
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 the postgraduate students should be able to analyse the moral consideration on modern topics of Bioethics, to compare and evaluate various approaches and, finally, to present how Christian Bioethics can come into a dialogue with them in the frame of an interdisciplinary discussion.
General Competences
  • Make decisions
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The intense reflection that developed on the direction of scientific research, the development of new methods and applications, as well as on the limits that should be placed on interventions on human life led to the creation of a new discipline, bioethics. Bioethics evaluates scientific achievements, elaborates ethical principles, weighs up the benefits, potential risks and, more generally, the consequences of research and its applications, and is ultimately called upon to decide whether what is scientifically feasible is at the same time ethically correct and serves the interests of human beings. But what is considered to be morally right and in man's interest? In this seminar, contemporary approaches to bioethics are studied, the principles set forth are evaluated, and the Christian approach to bioethics is explored. 1. Ethical theories and principles 2. Autonomy, paternalism and informed consent. 3. The ethical consideration for the unborn human. 4. Ethical issues in neonatology. 5. Assisted reproduction. 6. Reproductive and therapeutic cloning. 7. The ethical consideration at the end of life. 8. Advanced directives and living will. 9. Palliative care. 10. Organ Transplantation. 11. Organ sale from an ethical point of view. 12. Enhancement. 13. The placebo effect in the frame of medical ethics.
bioethics, unborn human life, assisted reproduction, abortion, cloning, organ transplantation
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment112
Written assigments100
Student Assessment
Written assignment and presentation in the classroom.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Βάντσος Μ., Η ιερότητα της ζωής: παρουσίαση και αξιολόγηση από άποψη Ορθόδοξης Ηθικής των θέσεων της Ρωμαιοκαθολικής Εκκλησίας για τη βιοηθική, Θεσσαλονίκη 2010. Βάντσος Μ., Ηθική θεώρηση της έκτρωσης, Θεσσαλονίκη 2009. Βάντσος Μ., Το επιστημονικά εφικτό και το ηθικά ορθό. Προσεγγίσεις Ορθόδοξης Βιοηθικής, Θεσσαλονίκη 2016. Βάντσος Μ. - Νικολούσης Ε. Η μεταμόσχευση ιστού και οργάνου από ζώντα δότη. Ιατρική και ηθική θεώρηση, Θεσσαλονίκη 2016. Δεληβογιατζής Σ. Καλοκαιρινού Ελ. (επιμ.), Εισαγωγή στη βιοηθική: ιστορικές και συστηματικές προσεγγίσεις, Θεσσαλονίκη 2014. Καλοκαιρινού Ε. - Πρωτοπαπαδάκης Ε. - Ζέλκα Τρ. (επιμ.), Ο άνθρωπος και οι τεχνικές της ιατρικώς υποβοηθούμενης αναπαραγωγής, εκδ. Σύγχρονη Παιδεία, Θεσσαλονίκη 2018. Κανελλοπούλου-Μπότη Μ., Πρωτοπαπαδάκης Ε., Παναγοπούλου-Κουτνατζή Φ. (επιμ.), Βιοηθικοί προβληματισμοί ΙΙΙ. Το παιδί, Αθήνα 2018. Κεσελόπουλος Αν., Εκ του θανάτου εις την ζωήν: θεολογική προσέγγιση στις προκλήσεις της βιοηθικής, Θεσσαλονίκη 2009. Νικολαΐδης Απ., Από τη γένεση στη γενετική: εγχειρίδιο βιοηθικής, Αθήνα 2006. Χατζηνικολάου Νικόλαος, Ελεύθεροι απο το γονιδίωμα: προσεγγίσεις Ορθόδοξης βιοηθική, Αθήνα 2005. Breck John, Από τη γέννηση ως τον θάνατο: Ορθόδοξες προσεγγίσεις σε βιοηθικά διλήμματα, Αθήνα 2008. Breck John, The sacred gift of life: Orthodox Christianity and bioethics, Crestwood 1998. Engelhardt H.Tr., Τα θεμέλια της βιοηθικής: μια χριστιανική θεώρηση, Αθήνα 2007.
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