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020040 SE Selected chapters of psychology of religion (2019S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 2 - Evangelische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 08.03. 15:00 - 19:15 Hörsaal 1 Schenkenstraße 8-10 5.OG
Saturday 25.05. 09:45 - 17:30 Hörsaal 1 Schenkenstraße 8-10 5.OG
Saturday 01.06. 09:45 - 17:30 Hörsaal 1 Schenkenstraße 8-10 5.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

In this course, we will choose specific topics of the psychology of religion (based on the "introduction to the psychology of religion" course in the winter term). There will be oral presentations and group discussions. In order to deepen our debate, we will read some essential texts of the psychology of religion authored for instance by Sigmund Freud, William James or Carl Gustav Jung as well as we will discuss different approaches in psychology and psychotherapy such as learning theories or the humanistic perspective. Furthermore, we will focus on evolutionary-biological and attachment-related concepts as well as on neuroscientific findings concerning the religious/spiritual dimension in the human perception. Aim: Profound knowledge of the most relevant concepts and research questions in the psychology of religion.

Assessment and permitted materials

Seminar thesis

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Authorized absence: Half a seminary day

Evaluation: 50% active participation - 50% seminar thesis

Examination topics


Reading list

Grom, B. (2009). Religionspsychologie. Göttingen: Kösel.
Heine, S. (2005). Grundlagen der Religionspsychologie. Modelle und Methoden. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
Kirkpatrick, L. A. (2005). Attachment, evolution, and the psychology of religion. New: Guilford Press.
Palmer, M. (2003). Freud and Jung on religion. East Sussex: Routledge.
Paloutzian, R. F., & Park, C. L. (Eds.). (2013). Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. New York: Guilford Press.
Pargament, K. I. (2007). Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy. Understanding and addressing the sacred. New York: The Guilford Press.
Unterrainer, H.F. (2010). Seelenfinsternis? Struktur und Inhalt der Gottesbeziehung im klinisch-psychiatrischen Feld. Münster et al: Waxmann.
Wulff, D. (1997). The Psychology of Religion: Classic and Contemporary. New York: John Wiley.

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