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.
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|Teaching period||Not offered in 2018|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$868.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,656.70|
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Theology
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Theology and Religion's websites: www.otago.ac.nz/theology or www.otago.ac.nz/religion
- Teaching staff
- Lecturer: Keziah Wallis
- Paper Structure
- 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.
- 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.
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- Learning Outcomes