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ANNOUNCEMENT: The next run of our course will begin on 6th Sept 2021. It will run again from 4th April and 12th Sept 2022. The wait list for April will open from Monday 13th Sept. Contact Prof Caroline Watt if you’d like to be added to the April 2022 wait list.

The course consists of one ‘warm-up’ week, followed by 10 weekly learning modules covering a broad and balanced spectrum of topics in parapsychology. There is a reading week at the half-way point, to allow a break or a chance to catch up before proceeding to the second half of the course. 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 (now deceased, former 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: Reading week (no new materials, a chance to catch up or have a break)

Week 7: Theories of Psi
Expert: Professor Harald Walach (Poznan Medical University, Poland)

Week 8: Testing Psychic Claimants
Expert: Professor Stephen Braude (Emeritus Professor, University of Maryland, USA)

Week 9: Belief in the Paranormal
Expert: Professor Christopher French (Goldsmiths College, University of London)

Week 10: Thinking Critically About Parapsychology
Expert: Professor James Alcock (York University, Toronto, Canada)

Week 11: Implications and Further Education in Parapsychology.
Experts: Professor Jessica Utts (University of California at Irvine, USA); Professor Chris Roe (University of Northampton, UK)