Index of Psychology of Religion Syllabi
There is a great variety of ways that psychologists teach this course.
I've established this syllabus exchange in order to illustrate the diversity
of courses that are available. If you are a college student, this collection
will help you to learn what you may expect in a psychology of religion
course. If you are an instructor, you may also get some ideas for your
own course. You also will learn a great deal from the reading lists that
are part of each syllabus. I only wish that I had the time to sit in on
each of these courses! I want to thank each of the people who have shared
their expertise. If you teach a similar course and would like to have
your syllabus listed here, please send me a copy of your syllabus. I'll
take it as a computer file (WordPerfect, Word, or ascii text), or as a
Michael E. Nielsen, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460-8041
First, here is a link to my class page, where my students can find syllabi and other materials for my classes that deal with psychology and religion. At this point in time, I have syllabi from my Experimental Social Psychology class, which examined social psychological aspects of religion, and my Psychology of Religion class.
The syllabi are listed in order of the instructor's last name. The institution,
course number and other identifying information are also listed. As you
may see, the list is growing. If you teach a course
related to psychology and religion, please send me a copy of your syllabus. Contact
me for more information!
- Dr. Ricardo Blanco Beledo's Philosophical & JudeoChristian Anthropology course
Offered at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
This marks the first Spanish course listed here! The reading list for Dr. Beledo's course will be especially useful if you are interested in Spanish sources on religion, philosophy, anthropology, and their intersection with psychoanalysis.
- Dr. Kevin Byrd's Advanced Seminar: Psychology of Religion
Offered at the University of Nebraska at Kearney
Dr. Byrd's course blends more traditional empirical work with transpersonal psychology and Eastern religion for a very interesting overview of the field.
- Dr. Trey Buchanan's History and Systems
of Psychology and Integration
Psyc 711, Fall 1996
Offered at Wheaton College, Wheaton Illinois
This course is intended to help clinical psychology graduate students better
integrate psychology and Christianity.
- Dr. Chris Burris's Psychology of Religion
Psyc 485 / RS 490, Spring 1997
Offered at Christian Brothers University, Memphis Tennessee
Dr. Burris teaches a solid seminar from a social-psychological perspective.
- Dr. Rhonda Jacobsen's Behavioral Science
Offered at Messiah College, Grantham Pennsylvania
Jacobsen's course emphasizes the dialogue between psychology and religion.
- Dr. Susan H. McFadden's Psychology of Religion
86-304, Fall 1996
Offered at The University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh.
For a strong developmental psychology perspective, see McFadden's course
- Dr. Wilbert McKeachie's Psychology and Religion
Psych. 313, Winter 1994
Offered at the University of Michigan
McKeachie's places a stronger emphasis on Eastern religious traditions
than do most courses.
- Dr. Michael Nielsen's Psychology of Religion Course
Psyc 357, Spring 1997
Offered at Georgia Southern University
This class conveys both the classic theoretical psychological views on religion as well as more current research on religious behavior and thought.
- Dr. Michael Nielsen's Experimental Social Psychology Course
Psyc 556, Spring 1997
Offered at Georgia Southern University
A senior-level course in which students learn about social-psychological research on religious behavior, and then conduct their own projects.
- Dr. Elizabeth Weiss-Ozorak's Psychology &
Psychology/Religion 475, Fall 1996
Offered at Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania.
Here you'll find a strong effort to consider not only what psychology says
about religion, but also what religion might tell us about psychology.
- Dr. Sharon Packer's Psychology of Religion: New Insights from Social Science and Neuroscience course
Offered at The New School of Social Research, New York, NY
Also available electronically, via the internet, to anyone with a computer connection
This course emphasizes an historical perspective on the field.
- Dr. Ray Paloutzian's Psychology of Religion Course
Offered at Westmont College
This class nicely draws together theory and research.
- David Smith's Psychology of Religion Course
Offered at St. Xavier University, Chicago, Illinois.
This class has a good mix of classic and contemporary perspectives.
- Dr. Jeremy Zwelling's Psychology and Religion
Reli 293, Fall 1996
Offered at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut
This will give you an interesting perspective of psychology and religion
from a course taught in a Department of Religion.
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