Psychological Research and Biblical Worldview – PSYC 710

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Exploration of the purpose of empirical research with a review of the philosophies of empiricism and rationalism in comparison to the Biblical worldview. How a Biblical worldview is compatible with empirical research in Psychology and the exploration of truth is examined.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

The purpose of this course is to introduce how psychological science and a biblical worldview can be used effectively in the pursuit for truth.  This course will set a foundation for students’ studies in psychology by exploring our foundations for truth and how we come to believe things to be true, as well as providing a good foundation in biblical worldview and how to apply it to research in Psychology.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify the purpose of empirical research.
  2. Understand differing philosophies of knowledge and truth.
  3. Compare various philosophies of science and truth to a Biblical worldview.
  4. Engage in critical thinking and analysis of published research.
  5. Utilize Biblical principles to interpret research.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

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 (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. In each forum, students are expected to provide one main thread that answers the question provide and two replies to classmates’ posts. Main threads must be at least 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. Each reply must be 250 words.  Please see instructions for each discussion board forum on the Discussion Board.

Thinking Deeper (4)

Throughout the course, the student will be asked to think deeper about some concept being presented.  These Thinking Deeper assignments are designed to prompt the student to go deeper than the text or presentations have presented. Each Thinking Deeper assignment is explained in it’s module.  Each of these assignments must be 5-7 pages and be written in APA format. Please see the Thinking Deeper Assignment Instructions for the exact requirements of this assignment (this can be found under Course Content > Course Guides and Assignment Instructions).  

Final Paper

The capstone project of this course is a 20 - 25 page paper that describes the student's view of the relationship between psychological science and a biblical worldview.  Using the examples that the student has seen in Johnson’s (2010) text, the student will write their viewpoint of this relationship and how it will affect how the student does research in the specific research area. Please see the instructions for the Research Paper under Assignment Instructions in the classroom (this can be found under Course Content > Course Guides and Assignment Instructions).