Methods and Controversies in Parapsychology (PSYL10149)
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This course aims to promote an appreciation of methodological issues in psychological research via case studies in parapsychology (the scientific study of paranormal beliefs and experiences).
This course aims to promote an appreciation of methodological issues in psychological research via case studies in parapsychology (the scientific study of paranormal beliefs and experiences). No previous knowledge of parapsychology is required. Each topic will be explored through studying a particular controversy (e.g., can mediums communicate with the deceased?) and considering its wider scientific and methodological implications (e.g., what are the challenges when trying to assess the accuracy of verbal statements?). The course will be taught through a flipped classroom method - that is, students will be provided with recorded lectures and core readings to go through prior to attending the weekly in-class sessions, which will be of two types. At the 1hr full class sessions, Professor Watt will provide interactive activities and opportunities for discussion to help to consolidate understanding of key concepts and readings that were introduced in the recorded material. At the smaller class 1 hour seminar sessions, students will be assigned to make short summary presentations of research papers, followed by discussion. These seminars are intended to introduce students to further readings that will help to broaden and deepen their understanding of methodological issues in parapsychology and psychology.
Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%
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