Universität Wien FIND

020059 SE Selected chapters of psychology of religion (2017S)

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



Vb: DI 14.03.2017 18.00-21.00 Hörsaal 3 Schenkenstraße 8-10 6.OG
SA 13.05.2017 09.00-17.00 Hörsaal 1 Schenkenstraße 8-10 5.OG
SA 20.05.2017 09.00-17.00 Hörsaal 1 Schenkenstraße 8-10 5.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

In this course we will choose specific topics of psychology of religion (based on the ?introduction into 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 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 psychology of religion.

Assessment and permitted materials

Seminar thesis

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

75% Attendance; active participation and seminar thesis

Examination topics


Reading list

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.

Wulff, D. (1997). The Psychology of Religion: Classic and Contemporary. New York: John Wiley.

Association in the course directory

Kath. Theologie: Modul 6 RPs VO3

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