Psychology and Christianity – PSYC 420

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course explores the relationship between Christian theology and the science of psychology. Students will focus on philosophical foundations and the major models of conceptualizing the relationship between the two disciplines.

Prerequisites

(PSYC 200 or PSYC 101 or PSYC 210 or GEED 201) and PSYC 255

Rationale

One’s view of the relationship between psychology and the Christian faith will guide one’s practice of psychology, both professionally and personally. For the student to be informed Christian practitioners of psychology in its varied forms, he or she should be able to articulate a coherent view of the relationship between psychology and Christianity. This course will help the student to develop and articulate a model of the relationship between his or her faith and the discipline of psychology.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the importance of epistemological issues to the relationship between faith and psychology.
  2. Describe the various approaches to the relationship between faith and psychology.
  3. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various models of integration.
  4. Apply theoretical approaches to integration to real life situations.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Reflection

The student will write a double-spaced reflection paper of at least 2 pages on how he or she currently understands the relationship between Christianity and psychological science.

Essays (5)

The student will write a double-spaced essay of at 500 words in current APA format using a provided prompt about the various models of integration. The essay must incorporate research and demonstrate course-related knowledge.

Integration Paper

The student will write an Integration Paper of at least 5 pages in current APA format that focuses on his or her perception of the relationship between psychological science and Christian faith. The paper must cite the course textbooks and the Bible.

Quizzes (4)

Each self-check quiz will cover the assigned readings for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 15-minute time limit.

Exams (4)

Each exam will cover the assigned readings and presentations for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 1-hour and 20-minute time limit.