EDPSYCH 4186/5186 Studies in Forgiveness

This course explores the topic of interpersonal forgiveness from a psychological perspective. It consists of a psychological examination of forgiveness and will focus primarily on interpersonal forgiveness, the gift an injured person gives to the one who hurt him or her. Topics include what forgiveness is and is not, the process of forgiveness, applications and benefits of forgiveness, forgiveness in education, forgiveness in counseling and therapy, as well as how forgiveness education can be used as a prevention and intervention for bullying. Read about self-forgiveness, group and cultural perspectives of forgiveness and community and national issues related to forgiveness. Psychology students will find this course helpful as they can learn more about forgiveness as a form of Positive Psychology and apply their new knowledge to individuals who have experienced deep hurts. Counseling and clinical students will find this course useful and helpful as they prepare to work with clients as helping professionals. In addition, this course is an appropriate elective for general studies majors, or students in other majors, who want to expand their knowledge and understanding about the interpersonal process of forgiveness from a psychological perspective. This course will also help students improve their writing and critical thinking skills.

Course details

Course syllabus: 
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UNI students: junior standing
Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) distribution area: 

Students working toward their Bachelor of Liberal Studies may apply credit earned in this course to their degree. This Guided Independent Study course is applicable to the Professional Fields distribution area. Learn more about the BLS degree program.


Enright, R. D. Forgiveness is a choice: A step-by-step process for resolving anger and restoring hope. 2001. Washington DC: APA Books.

Smedes, L. The art of forgiving: When you need to forgive and don't know how. 1996. New York: NY: Ballantine Books.  

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Additional materials: 

This course requires that you purchase a course packet available from the UNI Bookstore. Please call 319-273-2665 to order over the phone with a credit card.

Course delivery

This course is available in an online format, utilizing web pages and eLearning, a learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. Students may need access to someone who can assist with computer set-up.


Dr. Suzanne Freedman

Enrollment information

Tuition: $257/unit, plus non-refundable enrollment fee of $10 and technology fee of $38 for online courses

To enroll: Visit the GIS Enrollment page for forms and information. Or visit us at CEEE 010 on the UNI campus. Campus map

Guided Independent Study
UNI Continuing and Distance Education
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