PSYC219 - Psychology of Religion

10 cp
Prerequisites
PSYC100 Foundations of Psychology and PSYC101 Applications of Psychology
Teaching Organisation Nil

Contemporary religious trends across the globe are rapidly changing. For example, less people are adhering to traditional forms of religious practice, Atheism and secular beliefs are becoming increasingly common and valid, and acts of terror are commonly perceived as motivated by religion. Although science and religion are sometimes seen as mutually exclusive disciplines, the psychology of religion plays a vital role in the formation of communities and the interaction of cultures - therefore understanding the psychological components of religion is necessary to fully understand human functioning and behaviour. The course is about the scientific study of religion using psychological theories and methods. It explores how religious beliefs and practices are acquired and modified, and the role they play in an individual’s life.