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as of 4/16/2014

PSYCHOLOGY, SCIENCE & PSEUDOSCIENCE
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Ireland - National University of Ireland, Galway - 'Irish Universities'
UC Course SubjectPsychology
Number & Suffix: 100
Full UC Title: PSYCHOLOGY, SCIENCE & PSEUDOSCIENCE 
Transcript Title: PSYCH,SCI&PSEUDOSCI 
UC QTR Units - Division: 4.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: Pseudoscience refers to a practice or body of knowledge that purports to be scientific but which diverges from the quality-standards conventionally applied to science and scientists. Examples include supposedly scientific claims surrounding telepathy, clairvoyance, psycho-kinesis, the abduction of humans by aliens, the treatment of diseases using crystals, communication with the dead, neurolinguistic programming, Primal Scream Therapy, reincarnation, and perpetual motion machines. This course considers the distinctions (and occasional overlaps) that exist between psychology and pseudoscientific treatments of psychological subject matter, and the psychological nature and appeal of pseudoscience. After considering the nature of scientific inquiry, the course explores the history of pseudoscience as well as unsubtle (e.g., ESP) and subtle (e.g., assumptions about "normality") examples of psychology-related pseudoscience. The class then looks at the appeal of pseudoscience, the psychology of evidentiary reasoning (e.g., the unreliability of anecdotal testimony, the counter-intuitive nature of randomness, and the nature of heuristics), and methodological issues to be considered when researching extraordinary claims (e.g., blinding, placebo controls, and meta-analysis). 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: PSYCHOLOGY, SCIENCE & PSEUDOSCIENCE 
Partner University Department: Psychology 
Partner University Course Number: PS409