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  • PSYCHOLOGY 170    Section:

    PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION

    Spring Quarter 2006

    Units: 4
    Prerequisites: Psychology 1, 41.

    Course Description:  This course is designed to introduce students to the major theories, issues, data, and research methods of the psychology of religion.  This course will take a functional approach to religion and will attempt  to understand the many ways in which religion influences human behavior and mental and physical health.  We will try to answer questions such as the following:   What is the nature of religious faith?  What is the realtionship berween science and religion? Is faith good or bad for physical  health?  How is religion involved in coping with stress?  What are the implications of religion and coping for the helping professions? What do we know about the spiritual experiences of awe, forgiveness, gratitude, humility, hope, and love?  What is the psychology and physiology of prayer and meditation? How and why do people convert, and what are the consequences of conversion?

     

    Format:  Lectures and discussion will be based on the assigned readings.  Class material will refer to and supplement reading material.  Occasional videos and video clips will supplement readings and lecture material. Questions, comments, and discussion will be encouraged.  Class time will also be devoted to considering the practical difficulties and challenges, as well as the excitement, of doing research in this area.

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    Classroom Class Schedule Course Website
    1322 Storer T R   10:00 AM - 11:50 PM
    Instructor Instructor Email Office Office Hours
    Robert Emmons , Ph.D. 102'0' Young Hall M 1:30-3:30, W 9-10