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RELS231 Special Topic

What drives people to join a religion? Can religious behaviour be explained by science? What does cognitive and evolutionary psychology tell us about belief in god? Does human tragedy increase piety? Does religion serve a psychological function? Is it universal? Are mystical experiences explainable according to neuroscience? Combining scholarship on religion with studies in psychology, this paper introduces students to the important discipline-crossing field of psychology of religion. In addition to the above questions, students will learn both about the development of this exciting field and the latest research into the links between religion and neuroscience, memory, belief, cognition, human development, mental illness, emotion and others.

Paper title Special Topic
Paper code RELS231
Subject Religious Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Teaching Arrangements
Four hours of lectures per week for six weeks.
All lectures will be recorded and made available to distance students.
Paper Structure
Assessment:
  • Research Proposal - 20%
  • Course Blog Contribution - 10%
  • Exam (three hours) - 70%
Contact
Dr Ben Schonthal
Textbooks
A coursebook has been developed for this paper and will be available in print and PDF form.
Teaching staff
Course co-ordinator Dr Ben Schonthal
Lecturer: Dr Jonathan Jong
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
None

What drives people to join a religion? Can religious behaviour be explained by science? What does cognitive and evolutionary psychology tell us about belief in god? Does human tragedy increase piety? Does religion serve a psychological function? Is it universal? Are mystical experiences explainable according to neuroscience? Combining scholarship on religion with studies in psychology, this paper introduces students to the important discipline-crossing field of psychology of religion. In addition to the above questions, students will learn both about the development of this exciting field and the latest research into the links between religion and neuroscience, memory, belief, cognition, human development, mental illness, emotion and others.

Paper title Special Topic
Paper code RELS231
Subject Religious Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Contact
keziah.wallis@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Keziah Wallis
Paper Structure
Assessment:
  • Research Proposal - 20%
  • Course Blog Contribution - 10%
  • Exam (three hours) - 70%
Teaching Arrangements
Four hours of lectures per week for six weeks.
All lectures will be recorded and made available to distance students.
Textbooks
A coursebook has been developed for this paper and will be available in print and PDF form.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
None