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ANNOUNCEMENT: Registration is now closed for the course that began 7th September 2020. The course will run again in April and September 2021. If you would like to be added to the wait list for 2021, please contact Prof Caroline Watt.

The course consists of one ‘warm-up’ week, followed by 10 learning modules (one per week) covering a broad and balanced spectrum of topics in parapsychology. Apart from the course textbook, all the other course materials are provided online, via the University of Edinburgh’s Virtual Learning Environment. Weekly materials include one or two audio recordings of expert interviews, specialist readings and papers, and self-assessment quizzes.  In addition, students have access to message boards where they can discuss topics and issues raised by the course.

Week 0: Ice-breaking and familiarisation

Week 1: Introduction and History
Expert: Professor Donald West (Emeritus Professor, University of Cambridge, UK)

Week 2: Spontaneous Paranormal Experiences
Expert: Professor Etzel Cardeña (University of Lund, Sweden)

Week 3: Extrasensory Perception in the Lab
Experts: Professor Richard Wiseman (University of Hertfordshire, UK); Dr John Palmer (Rhine Research Centre, Durham, North Carolina, USA)

Week 4: Psychokinesis in the Lab
Expert: Dr Holger Bösch (formerly of University Hospital Freiburg, Germany)

Week 5: Latest Lab Developments
Expert: Dr Dean Radin (Institute of Noetic Sciences, California, USA)

Week 6: Theories of Psi
Expert: Professor Harald Walach (Poznan Medical University, Poland)

Week 7: Testing Psychic Claimants
Expert: Professor Stephen Braude (Emeritus, University of Maryland, USA)

Week 8: Belief in the Paranormal
Expert: Professor Christopher French (Goldsmiths College, University of London)

Week 9: Thinking Critically About Parapsychology
Expert: Professor James Alcock (York University, Toronto, Canada)

Week 10: Implications and Further Education in Parapsychology.
Experts: Professor Jessica Utts (University of California at Irvine, USA); Professor Chris Roe (University of Northampton, UK)