An exploration of religious faith development across the life span. Key authors will be the focus, for example, James Fowler, Fritz Oser, Anna-Maria Rizzuto, and their contemporaries.
By the end of this course, students will have acquired the following levels of knowledge:
gained increased familiarity with faith development theories and their application across the life span
increased their awareness of the influence of social demographic variables on development
increased their skill in the application of critical tools and methods
had an opportunity for detailed exploration of a theory
This outcome will be achieved through these course elements:
first part of course by discussing the more significant ways of conceptualizing human development in psychology and how they have influenced contemporary theories about religious faith and spiritual development
second part of course by reviewing various contextual factors and intra-psychic processes at work across the life span and their implication and influence in faith and spirituality, and by exploring the psychological issues involved in religious faith and spiritual development
A detailed course schedule is available for download.