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TITLE Psychology of Religious Experience

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The study unit is intended to study religious behaviour and religious experience in a scientific way. The topic will be treated from a theoretical as well as from a historical perspective. The study-unit analyses the various ways how a constructive relationship between religion and modern psychology can be created. The study-unit will be divided into two parts. Part one analyzes major contributors in the field starting from the pioneers, such as, James and Otto, to the Psychoanalytic school with contributors as Freud, Jung, Winnicott and the Object-Relations Theorists, and finishing with authors from the Humanistic school, such as Fromm, Maslow and Allport. The second part studies religion from a developmental perspective. It includes topics like Childhood and Religion, Adolescents and Religion, Religious Conversion, Religion and Maturity, and Religion and Mental Health.

Required Text Books:
- Wulff, D.M. (1991). Psychology of religion. classic and Contemporary views. New York: J.Wiley & Sons.
- Paloutzian, R. F. (1996) Invitation to the Psychology of Religion (2nd ed). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Reading List:
- Fuller, A.(1994). Psychology & religion. eight points of view (3rd ed), London: Littlefields Adams Quality Paperbacks.
- Brown, L.B. (1988). The psychology of religion: an introduction. London: SPCK.
- Loewenthal, Kate Miriam (2008) The Psychology of Religion: A Short Introduction.
- Argyle, Michael (2000) Psychology and Religion: An Introduction.
- Paloutzian R.F, Park, C.L. (2005) Handbook Of The Psychology Of Religion And Spirituality, Guilford Press.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-unit: PSY1606


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 100%


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