Minor Orthodox Christianity

Here you will find all descriptions of courses in the minor. Please go to www.minor.vu.nl/en/ for more information about the contents of the minor programme.

The minor/premaster Orthodox Christianity provides students with an
introduction to Orthodox Christianity, as lived in its rich diversity.
The programme of five courses focuses on what is shared by the Orthodox
of both families: the 'Eastern Orthodox' (Greek, Slavic, Arabic,
Romanian etc. traditions) and the 'Oriental Orthodox' (Coptic, Syriac,
Ethiopic, etc. traditions).

Bachelor students of the faculty will gain during this minor basic
knowledge about how one of three main forms of Christianity practices
its faith and specifically church ministry. Instead of highlighting the
differences with the other two forms (Roman Catholicism and
Protestantism), students will study Orthodoxy in its own right. The view
will be from the inside, as the teachers are Orthodox and the minor
students will study together with Orthodox premaster students.

This minor programme also functions as the first part of a three-part
curriculum that prepares for Orthodox church ministry (the other two
parts are the Orthodox track within the Master Spiritual Care and a
post-master programme). It lays the foundation for acquiring the
knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the three roles that are
central to the learning outcomes of the total curriculum: liturgical,
exegetical and pastoral leader. The entrance requirement for the
premaster is a bachelor degree in any field. During the year of the
premaster candidates for the Orthodox curriculum are required to fill a
portfolio to list previously gained knowledge and competencies in the
field of Orthodox theology and ministry. On the basis of this portfolio
the candidate will receive advice about directly proceeding to the
Master Spiritual Care or first filling deficiencies (through self-study,
study at an Orthodox sister institution and/or guidance by a tutor of
the Amsterdam Centre of Orthodox Theology).

The minor/premaster Orthodox Christianity will be offered as a 'blended
learning' programme: lectures will be concentrated in two 'intensive'
weeks: one October and one in December. The rest of the programmes
consists of distance learning. Minor students are required to finish in
January, premaster students may finish part of their assignments
throughout the second semester.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
• outline the historic development of the Early Church to the
present Orthodox traditions
• identify the independent churches of both Orthodox families
• describe the role of Scripture and liturgy in the life of the
Orthodox churches
• describe basic features of Orthodox theology and anthropology
• to apply his or her knowledge to specific cases pertaining to the
roles of Orthodox liturgical, pastoral and exegetical leader
• reflect on his or her Orthodox tradition or another Orthodox
• display an attitude of openness towards other (Orthodox)
• communicate orally and in writing about his or her findings
Course name Period Credits Code Pdf
History of Orthodox Christianity Period 1 6.0 G_OCIH
Scripture in Orthodox Christianity Period 2 6.0 G_OCIT
Orthodox Anthropology Period 3+4+5+6 6.0 G_OCOPC
Liturgy in Orthodox Christianity Period 4 6.0 G_OCOBE
Orthodox Theology Period 5 6.0 G_OCOLT
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