PSYCH 353

The Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and Psychology

Psychology College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Course Description

Relationships between theories of psychology and Latter-day Saint thought.

When Taught

Fall and Winter

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

0

Title

1. Reasoned position on the enduring questions

Learning Outcome

Students will express a reasoned position on the enduring questions, issues, and concerns of the discipline of psychology that is grounded in and faithful to the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Measurement: Essay questions on exams/Term paper option.

Title

2. Gospel-centered perspectives on psychological science

Learning Outcome

Students will identify various gospel-centered perspectives on psychological science (both in theory and practice) that have been offered by prominent LDS (and other Christian) scholars, as well as prophets, apostles, and other general authorities. Measurement: Multiple choice questions on exams/Individual quizzes.

Title

3. Critical thinking on basic assumptions about human nature

Learning Outcome

Students will demonstrate basic critical thinking skills by comparing and contrasting the basic assumptions about human nature found in the Restored Gospel and in the various secular traditions of mainstream psychology. Measurement: Essay questions on exams/Term paper option.

Title

4. Implications of assumptions for theory and practice

Learning Outcome

Students will identify and evaluate the various implications that these assumptions about human nature have for both the theory and practice of contemporary psychology. Measurement: Multiple choice questions and essay questions on exams and quizzes/Term paper option.