Psychology of Religion

Course code RELT2024Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course introduces students to the complex relationship between psychology and religion. The history and development of the discipline of psychology will be explored, as well as the sub-discipline of psychology of religion. The course will address the psychological motivations for religious behavior, and consider why religious behaviour is present in most cultures with possible roots in early human evolution. The course will also examine war, terrorism and suicide bombing as religious behaviour and what understanding a psychology of religion can bring to this critical world issue.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the history and development of the psychological discipline with attention to its key theorists;
2. Analyse key issues in the psychology or religion;
3. Critically interpret religious behaviour in the light of a psychological understanding;
4. Demonstrate writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.
ContentThe course introduces students to psychology of religion, investigating its history and development as well as what it can contribute to the understanding of religious behavior today.
Replacing Course(s)THEO3023
TransitionStudents who have previously completed THEO3023 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT2024. Other second-year and upper-level options are available for these students.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNA
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments1 x 1600 word essay (40%)
Online Discussion5 x 200 word discussion board (25%)
Presentations - Individual5 x 7 minute presentations (35%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term