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Principles of Parapsychology

At a Glance

This course is a survey of the field of parapsychology, including spontaneous psychic experiences, studies of mediums and psychics, experimental studies, and the relationship of psychic phenomena to religious experiences. It approaches psychic phenomena from the perspective of integrating them with other aspects of human consciousness. The course combines intellectual and experiential approaches. The course compares the methods used to study and experience various types of psychic phenomena and explores the implications of these phenomena for other fields of human endeavor. There are opportunities for you to explore your own psychic ability, and to conduct a study of the psychic abilities of others

This course will not provide the student with the background to offer psychotherapy or other therapeutic counseling, which requires special training and state licensure. 

Class dates: January 4– March 28, 2021

Applications are due by December 23, 2020

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Atlantic University has instituted a noncredit option for lifelong learners. Almost all of the courses at the university can be taken at the noncredit level (some restrictions apply). The Lifelong Learning program is a great option for those who do not wish to pursue a graduate degree or a formal certificate, but still want to participate in all that Atlantic University has to offer. And, the online format is great for those who cannot travel to Virginia Beach for on-campus programs. 

There are no prerequisite requirements for participation in Lifelong Learning courses and students will study with the same mentors as in the degree and certificate programs. Courses taken at the noncredit level do not have academic credit and are not transferable to the master’s degree program.

Upon the successful completion of each course, the student will be issued an official university Certificate of Completion.  

Learning Outcomes

  • For the student to evaluate and describe his or her impressions of academic parapsychology and how that information may have changed previously held personal perceptions about the field of parapsychology and psychic phenomenon.
  • During the course, the student will conduct a variety of informal psi and remote-viewing experiments and evaluate each in terms of measurable outcomes from random chance.
  • The ability to describe her or his understanding of the best approaches for working with psychic development and/or contacting psychic sources and evaluate the rationale behind her or his suggested approach.

Course Delivery

Courses at Atlantic University are delivered in an asynchronous online environment. Asynchronous learning happens on your schedule. While your course of study, instructor, or the program will provide materials for reading, lectures for viewing, assignments for completing, and exams for evaluation, you can access and satisfy these requirements on your own schedule, so long as you meet the expected deadlines. Common methods of asynchronous online learning include self-guided lesson modules, pre-recorded video content, virtual libraries, lecture notes, and online discussion boards or social media platforms.

Organization of the Course

The parapsychology course is a 12-week online course that will lead you into the world of psychic phenomena, mediumship, experimental studies, and self-testing. This course will challenge what you know about parapsychology.

Courses at Atlantic University are structured in a way that allows the student to learn all they can from the material presented. Students are required to complete all assignments, contribute to the weekly discussion posts, and adhere to university guidelines. Online university courses are not workshops or lectures, they are intensive learning experiences that require the student to work hard, study, and contribute. At the end of the 12-week experience, students will be more knowledgeable about the subject of parapsychology. 

Certificates are awarded to those who successfully complete the course.  

Required Texts 

Irwin, H. J., & Watt, C. A. (2007). An Introduction to Parapsychology. (fifth ed.). McFarland & Co. Publishers.

Broughton, R. (1991). Parapsychology: The Controversial Science. Ballantine Books.[Provided via PDF download from the course Welcome page and within the Week 1 module]

Additional articles, materials from websites, audio files, and videos will be required for reading and review by students, specified below. The course mentor, Loyd Auerbach, has recorded (generally) short video and audio lectures to accompany many of the weekly topics.

Course Sequence:

Week 1: Historical Roots

Week 2: Personal Experiences and Personality Correlates

Week 3: Personal Experiences and States of Consciousness

Week 4: The Parapsychology Experiment

Week 5: Experiments: Forced-Choice 

Week 6: Conducting a Free-Response Experiment

Week 7: The Psychic Person: Could I Be A Psychic?

Week 8: Edgar Cayce’s Psychic Ability

Week 9: Evaluating a Psychic

Week 10: Life After Death

Week 11: Transpersonal Theory and Psychic Phenomena: Developing Psychic Ability

Week 12: Implications for Higher Development

All due dates are for 11:59 PM EDT of the date at the latest. With the exception of the first week, main assignments are due by Wednesday nights and your posts/comments in response to other students’ posts/comments are due by Friday nights. The date noted in the classroom is the date of the actual post – remember to reply to two other students by two days later. 

Program Expectations

Parapsychology Students (noncredit) are:

  • Held to the course deadlines for assignments;
  • Required to read the required material and to respond to the topic assigned (versus digressing from the assigned topic);
  • Required to complete practicums when assigned;
  • Expected to write clearly using proper grammar and punctuation.

Parapsychology Students (noncredit) are not:

  • Held to strict APA standards in formatting written assignments (but must cite sources properly);
  • Required to take proctored exams.

At the discretion of the faculty member and the specific course being taught, some assignments may be identified in the course as optional for noncredit Parapsychology Certificate students. Faculty members may also elect to modify assignment requirements for noncredit Parapsychology Certificate students, such as word count or page count.

All grades for noncredit students are either Successfully Completed (SC) or Not Successfully Completed (NC). This grading criterion is used for all assignments and the final course grade.

This personal journey of self-discovery will be one of the most valuable investments you will ever make. Earn a Certificate of Completion from an accredited university!


This personal journey of self-discovery will be one of the most valuable investments you will ever make. Earn a Certificate of Completion from an accredited university!

The Principles of Parapsychology Certificate course is $750 for 12-weeks of online instruction. 

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