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PSYCH 142 - Critical Thinking about the Paranormal

2 Credits
Develop critical-thinking skills by contrasting the use of science versus pseudoscience in the investigation of paranormal claims.

Course Note Previously BEHAV 142.

Quarters Typically Offered

Winter Day

Designed to Serve All students.
Active Date 2016-02-23

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 22 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 22
Degree Distributions:
  • Social Science Area II

Course Outline
I. Guidelines for critical thinking

II. Errors in critical thinking

III. Science versus pseudoscience

IV. Types of paranormal beliefs

V. Applying critical thinking techniques to the analysis of paranormal claims

Student Learning Outcomes
Identify errors in critical thinking.

Distinguish between the scientific method and nonscientific methods.

Identify factors that contribute to beliefs in the paranormal.

Use the scientific method to examine claims of the paranormal.

Identify and evaluate the source, context, and credibility of information about the paranormal.

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