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Human Behavior and Spirituality: Theoretical Foundations

Purpose and method of psychology. Historical perspective. Bases of the nervous system, consciousness. Sensory processes, perception, cognition, memory, language and thought. Emotions and motivation. Learning process. Introduction to fundamental theoretical psychology of religion.

Faculty of Human Sciences >> Counselling and Spirituality

Minimize schedule Course schedule for the session: Fall 2017
Section Schedule Day Location Professor
Lecture
IPA 1121 W00
Course offered in English
September 06 - December 06 Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00 Online Etienne Vallée
Section Schedule Day Location Professor
Lecture
IPA 1121 000
Course offered in English
September 06 - December 06 Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00 GIG101 Etienne Vallée
Summary

Purpose and method of psychology. Historical perspective. Bases of the nervous system, consciousness. Sensory processes, perception, cognition, memory, language and thought. Emotions and motivation. Learning process. Introduction to fundamental theoretical psychology of religion.

Objectives

To learn, through the psychological sciences lens, about constructs (such as, neural systems, consciousness, sensory processes, perception, etc.) involved in human feelings, behavior, and thoughts, and then analyze how these constructs interact with spirituality/religion, and ultimately how the combination of religion/spirituality and psychology affect human relationships within the self and with others.

Workload
  • Deliberate presence in class & participation in class discussions & activities
  • Mandatory reading of the assigned chapters in the class textbook (~3-5 hrs/wk)
  • Mandatory reading of assigned articles on spirituality & psychology (as req’d)
  • Studying for and completing quizzes and exams
  • A brief term paper on the relationship between spirituality and psychology from specified APA books (see other readings below).
Assessment
  • 25% Psychology & spirituality article summary and critique (short paper)
  • 45% quizzes & sessional exams
  • 30% Final exam
Mandatory Reading

MANDATORY TEXTBOOK

Myers, D. G., & DeWall, N. N. (2016). Psychology (11th ed.). New York, NY: Worth.

OTHER READINGS

Pargament, K. I., Exline, J. J., & Jones, J. W. (2013). APA handbook of psychology, religion, and spirituality. Vol. 1, Context, theory, and research APA handbooks in psychology (pp. 1 online resource (xxvii, 740 p.))  -Available online at the UOttawa library

Pargament, K. I., Mahoney, A., & Shafranske, E. P. (2013). APA handbook of psychology, religion, and spirituality. Vol. 2, An applied psychology of religion and spirituality APA handbooks in psychology (pp. 1 online resource (xi, 709 p.)). –Available online at the UOttawa library

Assigned articles on psychology, spirituality and/or religion, to be specified in class.

Important Information

This course cannot be combined for credit with PSY1101, they are mutually exclusive.