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REL 375

Psychoanalytic Approaches to the Study of Religion

The purpose of this course is to investigate the use to which psychoanalytic frameworks have been put in the understanding of religious phenomena over the past 100 years or so. Although out-of-fashion as a therapeutic model in the early 21st century, psychoanalysis nevertheless continues to exert an influence on the academic study of religion from scholars who have found psychoanalytic theoretical insights to be particularly helpful in the interpretation of religious experience and behavior. In this course students read key texts in the development of psychoanalytic thought and evaluate the extent to which they both help and hinder our understanding of religious human beings.

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1 course