Spooks, Psychics, and Skeptics in the UK: Psychological Science Investigates the Paranormal

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    This course is now accepting applications for the Winter 2014-15 term.

    UMAIE Course Number: T4475
    SAU Course Equivalency: PSYC 398, Topics in Psychology, (four credits)
    Instructor: Britain Scott and Greg Robinson-Riegler, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
    Dates: January 2-26, 2015 (NOTE: SAU Spring semester begins January 14)
    Location: London, England and Edinburgh, Scotland, with half-day excursions to Cambridge and Hampton Court Palace and full-day trips to Glastonbury/Stonehenge and Loch Ness.
    Price: $5,990-$6,290 (subject to change)

    Program Description

    We will explore the history and current status of psychological investigations into the paranormal, while emphasizing skeptical inquiry and the scientific method.

    This course will enlighten students about the prominent position of psychical research in the work of scientific psychology's late nineteenth-century founders, encourage students to consider and critique the methods contemporary psychologists use to investigate varieties of anomalous experience, educate students about fundamental cognitive processes that contribute to paranormal beliefs and experiences, and explain the current state of scientific findings about anomalous phenomena.

    Excursions will include visits to allegedly haunted sites such as Hampton Court Palace and the Edinburgh South Bridge Vaults, tours of cutting-edge parapsychological laboratories at the Universities of London and Edinburgh, visits to the British Museum Enlightenment Gallery, a museum of magic, and Sigmund Freud's last home, and day trips to the mystical village of Glastonbury and mysterious Loch Ness.

    What is Included

    • Round-trip airfare from Moline, Chicago or Minneapolis 
    • Hotel accommodation in double and triple rooms
    • Continental breakfast daily
    • Travel assistance
    • International health insurance

    What is not included

    • Passport fees
    • Transportation to/from airport
    • Fees for textbooks and materials
    • Meals not covered by the program fee - approximately $645
    • Personal baggage fees

    How to Apply

    Priority Deadline: April 12, 2014
    Step 1: Complete the online application.
    Step 2: Submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). Make checks payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL.
    Step 3: Turn in a completed Liability Form to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
    Step 4: Pay your remaining balance by November 1. Submit your payment to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). Make checks payable to St. Ambrose. Or pay online with a credit card.

    Applications will be accepted until October 1.
    Students that apply after the April 12 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.

    Application and payment details

    • Applications will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received.
    • The $500 deposit is deducted from the total program cost.
    • If you are not accepted into the program, or if the program is cancelled, the application deposit is refundable.
    • If you are accepted, the application deposit is non-refundable after September 17.
    • The final payment is non-refundable after November 1. 
    • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.