Psychology and Christianity – PSYC 520

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

Course Description

Exploration of the relationship between psychological science and Christian faith. Topics include philosophical foundations and models of conceptualizing the relationship between the disciplines. (Crosslisted with MSPS 521)

Prerequisites

None

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 an informed Christian practitioner 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.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. You must support your assertions with at least 3 citations in current APA format. Each thread must be at least 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 1 other classmate’s thread. Each reply must be at least 300 words and must be supported by at least 2 citations in current APA format. You may use the course textbooks, scholarly articles, and the Bible as sources.

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 and what they want to learn from this course.

Annotated Bibliography

The student will research a topic of their choice related to integration and complete an annotated bibliography with 10 sources (journal articles) presented. This assignment will be a part of building your final research paper.  

Research Paper

The student will write an Research Paper of at least 8 pages in current APA format that focuses on his or her previously selected topic used for the annotated bibliography. The student should write a paper that synthesizes the information found on the topic of their choice and how it ties into the integration of Pscyhology and Christianity. The paper must include citations and be a thorough and academically written paper.

Integration Presentation

The student will create a PowerPoint (or Prezi) presentation that could be used to educate professionals both in academia and in the Church with regards to the various conceptualizations of integration of Christianity and Psychology. The presentation should include a title slide, at least 15 slides of “body” and a slide including references, in current APA format. These presentations will be submitted to the instructor for grading purposes, as well as, posted (on the Discussion Board page) so other classmates can see your work and comment.

Exams (2)

Each exam will cover assigned readings/presentations regarding only the Entwistle and Johnson texts and is open-book/open-notes, containing short answer and essay questions. Each exam will have a 2-hour and 30-minute time limit.

Midterm Exam covers material (readings) from Modules 1- 4

Final Exam covers material (readings) from Modules 5-8.