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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Psychology

Psychology and Christianity
PSYC-420

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/31/2020

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.

Requisites

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 Resources

Required Resource

The resource below are provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Entwistle, D. (2015). Integrative approaches to psychology and Christianity: An introduction to worldview issues, philosophical foundations, and models of integration (3rd ed.). Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Office
  5. APA Style Central: http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=http://APAStyleCENTRAL.apa.org

Course Assignments

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.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Reflection

45

Essays (5 at 65 pts each)

325

Integration Paper

150

Quizzes (4 at 20pts)

80

Exams (4 at 100pts)

400

Total

 

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A B C D F
900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

PSYC 420

Textbooks: Entwistle, Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity (2015).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Entwistle: Introduction, chs. 1–3

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Reflection

Quiz 1

10

0

45

20

2

Entwistle: chs. 4–5

1 presentation

Essay 1

Exam 1

65

100

3

Entwistle: chs. 6–7

1 presentation

Essay 2

Quiz 2

65

20

4

Entwistle: chs. 8–10

2 presentations

Essay 3

Exam 2

65

100

5

Entwistle: ch. 10

2 presentations

Essay 4

Quiz 3

65

20

6

Entwistle: ch. 11

2 presentations

Essay 5

Exam 3

65

100

7

Entwistle: ch. 12

1 presentation

Integration Paper

Quiz 4

150

20

8

Entwistle: ch. 13

2 presentations

Exam 4

100

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.