PSYC 405: Mystery, Madness, and Murder

PSYC 405-DL1: Mystery, Madness, and Murder
(Fall 2021)


Section Information for Fall 2021

We will review the evidence for, and against, some popular extraordinary beliefs and the conviction of a “murderer”.  A major goal will involve fostering critical thinking and open-minded skepticism.  Individual critical thinkers (and true skeptics) can reach different conclusions about complex topics, so information will be presented as objectively as possible.  That is, the focus will not be on “debunking”, but on considering various source materials in the context of current scientific knowledge. Students will be expected to develop and defend their own, individual opinions after carefully weighing the evidence.

PSYC 405 DL1 is a distance education section.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Multidisciplinary approach to taboo topics that fascinate and frighten us. Instructors from disciplines across the arts and sciences bring expertise and diverse perspectives to provocative issues such as cannibalism and serial murder. Students learn to think critically and objectively while examining use in myth, literature, and popular culture. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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