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PSY 197

First-Year Seminar in Psychology

A seminar focused on a theme related to the study of psychology. Open only to first-year students.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

Fall Semester information

Ted Bitner

197A: FYS: The Cognitive Science of Religion

The course will explore ways in which individuals, groups, and societies create ways to make meaning. Where do we turn to inform us of how to create some type of structure through which we can construct an orientation to the cosmos? The course also explores questions such as, what changes might occur within one when a person experiences crises and trauma? Does this affect the way he or she experiences the world? How do we face death? How is meaning constructed by those suffering from mental or physical health issues? What good is suffering? Can religion be a cognitive science? How are questions of ambiguity and ambivalence answered?