Strategies and Resources for Teaching Psychology of Religion

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The Oxford Handbook of Undergraduate Psychology Education





The psychology of religion course can play an important role in the psychology curriculum, as the material in the course spans the discipline from biological to social factors. In this chapter we present strategies for designing a successful course, including aligning it with the institution’s mission and gaining support from colleagues. We introduce texts available to teach the class; we describe activities that we have used to illustrate important concepts, such as using films in the course; and we offer suggestions for written assignments that can be used for assessing students’ knowledge of the material. We also discuss instructional design issues that deserve consideration in a psychology of religion course.