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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: PSY3049 Module Title: PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PSY3049
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: COYLE AG Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Final Year PSY/APS


Assessment Pattern

1) Two 1200-word analytic ‘response’ papers to selected texts (30%)

2) One annotated bibliography (20%) 

3) 2000-word coursework essay (50%)

Module Overview
All Level 2 Psychology modules
Module Aims

The course aims to introduce the psychology of religion as a psychological discipline and to consider it's relationship to related disciplines; to review the contributions of scholars representing a wide range of theoretical and research approaches to the psychological and psychosocial study of religion; and to enable students to critically interrogate cultural debates about religion from psychological and psychosocial perspectives.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, the student should be able to evaluate various theoretical approaches to understanding religious beliefs, values, behaviour and development; discuss critically the findings of selected psychological studies; and assess the relevance of psychological theories and studies for particular applied contexts.
Module Content

The course will be based around such topics as: the history of the psychology of religion; religious beliefs, values and experience; religious development and conversion; personality characteristics, religious orientation and prejudice; religion as identity and implications for inter-group relations; religion, health and coping; the influence of gender and culture in (the attribution of meaning to) religious experience and behaviour.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures and seminars 

Selected Texts/Journals

Basic reading materials will be provided in advance of each lecture. However, students will be expected to read widely beyond these.

Beit-Hallahmi, B., & Argyle, M. (1997). The psychology of religious behaviour, belief and experience. London: Routledge.

Fontana, D. (2003). Psychology, religion and spirituality. Oxford: BPS Blackwell. 

Hood,R.W.,Hill,P.C.,& Spilka,B.(2009). The Psychology of Religion: an Empirical Approach (4th ed) New York: The Guildford Press.

Loewenthal, K. M. (2000). The psychology of religion: A short introduction. Oxford: Oneworld.

Loewenthal,K.(2007). Religion, Culture and Mental Health. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Paloutzian, R. F., & Park, C. L. (Eds) (2005). Handbook of the psychology of religion and spirituality. New York: The Guilford Press.

Watts,F.(2002). Theology and
psychology. Aldershot:


International Journal for the Psychology of Religion.
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 
Mental Health, Religion & Culture.

















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