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Personality and Religion (Studies in)

Undergraduate Officer
J. Gollnick, 885-1460

Note: SIPAR core courses use the perspective of the psychology of religion to provide insight into the relationship between personality and religion. Students are strongly encouraged to complement their SIPAR studies with courses in the humanities and social sciences in order to gain a variety of views on what it means to be human.

Special Topics
Periodically the program will offer courses on special topics of interest to SIPAR students. These will be announced along with descriptive information prior to the time of offering.

Psychology of Religion
This course examines theories about the psychological nature of religious experience, the source of religious belief, and the religious significance of psychological phenomena. Attention will be given to the role of introspective, psychoanalytic, experimental, humanistic, and transpersonal methods in the psychology of religion.

Personality and Religion
This course studies the various "developmental tasks" of the human life cycle in order to discover what psychological and religious needs should be satisfied at each stage of a person's life. The course also seeks to develop students' self-awareness in order to sensitize them to the processes of their own growth and development.

Selected Topics inPsychology and Religion
A seminar for senior students in the Honours Minor who have taken the other core courses. The subject for study will be determined by the common interest of the students registered in the course.

SIPAR 372 F 0.5
Psychology of Religion in Historical Perspective
Historical perspective on the relationship between the psyche and the spiritual dimension of reality. After a survey of ancient and classical views, consideration is given to the theories of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Eric Fromm, William James, and Abraham Maslow.

Aging as Spiritual Journey
The following existential issues related to the aging process are examined from the perspective of the psychology of religion: identity, belief, actualization, existential anxiety, conversion, individuation and spirituality.

Carl Jung's Theory of Religion
Jung's analysis of the development of the personality through its life cycle, and of the central place which religion holds within the process of maturation. This includes a study of the unconscious, the collective unconscious, dreams, myths, symbols and archetypes; and the implications of Jung's theories for religious thought and therapy.

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