“Root of all evil?" - Social Consequences of Religiosity WFz.IR-D/33
The vast majority of people around the world identify themselves as religious and/or spiritual. Constantly, religion influences not only psychological functioning of an individual, but also exerts strong impact on various social and political phenomena. Given the current socio-political tensions around the world, it seems crucial to understand what is the role of religion in shaping intergroup relations. Indeed, in psychology we can find number of studies on the consequences of religiosity, e.g. for political views, violence, but for also for prosocial behaviors and altruism. The course will introduce students to the social consequences of religion from psychological perspective. The real-world applicability of the results will be also discussed.
Learning outcome: By the end of the course students should be acquainted with the knowledge on the main theoretical and empirical issues regarding the role of religiosity in current social issues. Moreover, students will gain awareness of research methodology and will develop critical understanding of the psychological studies, their potential, as well as limitations.
Knowledge: After completing the course students will be provided with and extensive overview of current theories and research on social consequences of religiosity. Students will gain theoretically justified understanding of the mechanisms underlying these processes.
Skills: After completing the course students will be prepared to analyze problems related to social consequences of religiosity. They will also be able to discuss, as well as design and conduct their own research in the area of psychology of religion.
Sylabus przedmiotu dla studentów rozpoczynających studia od roku akademickiego 19/20 lub później
Required class readings:
On line reserve readings can be down loaded directly from the course web site (access through the e-learning platform ‘Pegaz’).
Required reading for the oral exam:
Altemeyer, B., & Hunsberger, B. (2005). Fundamentalism and authoritarianism. Handbook of the psychology of religion and spirituality, 378-393.
Juergensmeyer, M. (2017). Terror in the mind of God: The global rise of religious violence. University of California Press. Selected chapters.
Kossowska, M., Czernatowicz‐Kukuczka, A., & Sekerdej, M. (2017). Many faces of dogmatism: Prejudice as a way of protecting certainty against value violators among dogmatic believers and atheists. British Journal of Psychology, 108(1), 127-147.
Kruglanski, A. W., Gelfand, M. J., Bélanger, J. J., Sheveland, A., Hetiarachchi, M., & Gunaratna, R. (2014). The psychology of radicalization and deradicalization: How significance quest impacts violent extremism. Political Psychology, 35(S1), 69-93.
Malka, A., Lelkes, Y., Srivastava, S., Cohen, A. B., & Miller, D. T. (2012). The association of religiosity and political conservatism: The role of political engagement. Political Psychology, 33(2), 275-299.
Noor, S., & Hayat, S. (2009). Deradicalization: Approaches and Models. Conflict and Peace Studies, 2(2), 47-56.
Ramsay, J. E., Pang, J. S., Shen, M. J., & Rowatt, W. C. (2014). Rethinking value violation: Priming religion increases prejudice in Singaporean Christians and Buddhists. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 24(1), 1-15.
Roccas, S. (2005). Religion and value systems. Journal of Social Issues, 61(4), 747-759.
Rutchick, A. M. (2010). Deus ex machina: The influence of polling place on voting behavior. Political Psychology, 31, 209–225.
Saroglou, V. (2013). Religion, spirituality, and altruism. APA handbook of psychology, religion and spirituality, 1, 439-457
Shariff, A. F., & Norenzayan, A. (2007). God is watching you: Priming God concepts increases prosocial behavior in an anonymous economic game. Psychological Science, 18(9), 803-809.
Silberman, I., Higgins, E. T., & Dweck, C. S. (2005). Religion and world change: Violence and terrorism versus peace. Journal of Social Issues, 61(4), 761-784.
Tripathi, A. & Mullet, E. (2010). Conceptualizations of Forgiveness and Forgivingness Among Hindus. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 20(4), 255 – 266.
Altemeyer, B. (2003). Why do religious fundamentalists tend to be prejudiced?. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 13(1), 17-28.
Crenshaw, M. (2000). The Psychology of Terrorism: An Agenda for the 21st Century. Political Psychology, 21(2), 405-420.
James, W., Griffiths, B., & Pedersen, A. (2011). The “making and unmaking” of prejudice against Australian Muslims and gay men and lesbians: The role of religious development and fundamentalism. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 21(3), 212-227.
Koehler, D. (2016). Understanding Deradicalization: Methods, Tools and Programs for Countering Violent Extremism. Taylor & Francis.
Li, Y. J., Johnson, K. A., Cohen, A. B., Williams, M. J., Knowles, E. D., & Chen, Z. (2012). Fundamental(ist) attribution error: Protestants are dispositionally focused. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102(2), 281-290.
Paloutzian, R. F., & Park, C. L. (red.) (2014). Handbook of the psychology of religion and spirituality. Guilford Publications.
Paz, R., Neto, F., & Mullet, E. (2007). Forgivingness: Similarities and Differences Between Buddhists and Christians Living in China. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 17(4), 289 – 301.
Pratt, D. (2010). Religion and terrorism: Christian fundamentalism and extremism. Terrorism and Political Violence, 22(3), 438-456.
Saroglou, V., & Pargament, K. (2013). APA handbook of psychology, religion and spirituality.
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