Psy 2100 - Altered States of Consciousness and Parapsychological Events
Homepage: http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~roigm Phone: 718-390-4513
OFFICE HOURS: My office is in DaSilva Hall, Room 338. I am in school on Tuesdays and Fridays and my official office hours are between and on those two days. I am often available on Fridays from .
TEXT: The first part of the course (about a fifth
to a quarter of the course) will be on the problem of consciousness and the
reading assignments will be based on on-line material or articles that will
either be disseminated or that you may need to locate in the library. For the
second part of the course, we will use the following textbook: Irwin, H. J. and
Watt, C. A. (2007). An
Introduction to Parapsychology 5th edition.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: In this course we will selectively examine research and theory concerning altered states (such as meditative and drug-induced states, dreaming, hypnosis, various kinds of “trances” and “peak experiences”), extrasensory perception, psychokinesis and possible interrelationships of these areas.
CLASS EXAMINATIONS (80% of the final grade): There will be 5 examinations and each exam will include short and long essay questions and possibly some multiple choice questions. All exams will be based on assigned readings and course lectures. If you miss an exam for whatever reason, you may make it up during the week of finals, but you may only make up 2 exams. Please note that if, for whatever reason, you fail to take one of the exams at the end of the semester that exam will be counted as a 0 in the computation of your final grade and you will likely fail the class. I do not drop the lowest grade, thus you must take all 5 examinations.
PAPER (20% of the final grade): The paper must be of a minimum of 5 complete, double-spaced
pages (excluding title and references) with 1-inch margins throughout and
an Arial or New Times 12 point font. For the topic of the paper, you
must select two empirical papers, roughly on the same topic on some issue
related to the course and summarize them. The summary must address the following:
1) The nature of the problem being investigated; 2) The type of methodology
(e.g., experiment, field experiment, quasi-experiment, correlational approach,
case study method, archival research) used to address the problem; 3) Identify
each study’s a) hypothesis; b) main independent and dependent variables; c)
theoretical framework from which the studies are derived; 4) summarize each
study’s general findings. The paper is due in class on April 15 and it must
also be submitted to Turnitin by on the 15th. The
enrollment password for Turnitin for all of my
courses is roigm, the class name is Psy 2100-Spring 2016 and the class ID
DISSEMINATION OF GRADES: I will retain all exam
papers and answer sheets. As soon as the
exams are graded, grades will be posted at http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~roigm/psy2100grades.htm. Your grade
will be listed according to your student number. Please keep in mind that my
policy is NOT to give grades over the phone or via e-mail under any
EXAM REVIEW PROCEDURE: If you wish to review the exam you are to make an appointment with me and I will give you access to the exam for as long as it is necessary. If you want to double check an answer, or find the correct answer to a question that was marked wrong, bring your textbook to the office and look up the answer there. I will be happy to explain a particular answer if you are not clear about it, but only after you have searched for the answer in the textbook.
ATTENDANCE: While class attendance and punctuality are expected, you are free to decide whether to come to class or not. With that freedom, however, comes responsibility. You are responsible for controlling your own behavior and with managing its consequences. I will hold you accountable for all material covered in class as sometimes we will cover material that is not emphasized in the textbook or that needs elaboration. I do not repeat lectures and I do not answer questions like “Did we cover anything important?” Although class participation is not going to be formally graded, it is strongly encouraged, particularly in a course such as this one. Please note, however, that class participation constitutes asking a question or making an informed comment when you raise your hand and I call on you. No other interaction between students will be tolerated. Keep in mind that I will exercise my right to dismiss from class any student who talks to other classmates while I am lecturing or who, in my opinion, is otherwise disruptive. If you want to ask a question or make a comment in class, raise your hand before speaking. Also, please note that during class participation, the words "prove", "proven", "sort of", "like a" and "society" (the latter should not be used as an explanatory psychological construct) should be avoided.
00.00 - 56.99 ----- F 57.00 - 65.99 ------ D 66.00 - 69.99 ------ D+
70.00 - 72.99 ----- C- 73.00 - 76.99 ------ C 77.00 - 79.99 ------ C+
80.00 - 82.99 ----- B- 83.00 - 86.99 ------ B 87.00 - 89.99 ------ B+
Tentative schedule of readings and exams.
WEEK Coverage Exam dates
02- 07-13 -
02- 14-20 - Irwin’s chapts. 1 & 2
02- 21-27 - SPRING BREAK
02/28-03/05 - Irwin’s chapts. 2 & 3
03- 06-12 - Irwin’s chapts. 3 & 4 -- EXAM
2 on 03/11 - covers Irwin’s chapts. 1-4.
03/27-04/02- Irwin’s chapt. 8 -- EXAM 3 on 04/01 - covers Irwin’s chapts. 5-8.
04- 03-09 - Irwin’s chapts. 9 & 10
05- 01-05 - Irwin’s chapt. 15-17
CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR: I expect that you will conduct yourselves as respectful adults in accordance with university tradition: to remain silent and attentive while I am lecturing or while a fellow student is asking a question; to clean up your area if you have littered it, etc. No smoking, food, or beverages are allowed in class. I am particularly sensitive about class disruptions, such as students talking to each other while I am lecturing or engaging in other academic work or activity not related to the class. Such behavior will not be tolerated as I consider it to be rude and disrespectful not only to me but also to your classmates. I also consider any use of cell phones during class to be highly disrespectful and distracting. Thus, the use of cell phones is not permitted during class time for any purpose and they are to be kept turned off and out of view inside pocketbooks, knapsacks, etc. Only 2 students designated by the instructor will be allowed to have their phones on and only in vibrate mode to be alert for any campus emergency. Any other student whose phone rings, even if on vibrate mode, during class is hereby asked to leave the class (no need to wait for me to ask you to leave). For the second offense, the matter will be forwarded to the Dean of Students for disciplinary action. Laptops are not to be used during class time and should be turned off.
ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: Your written
work is expected to be original. If PLAGIARISM or any other type of academic
dishonesty is detected, it will result in an automatic F for that assignment.
Please note that for each sentence plagiarized I will deduct one full grade
from the paper. Refer to the web version of this course outline for examples of
various forms of plagiarism and correct paraphrasing. Any student caught
cheating on any examination (or assignment) will receive a "0" for
that examination and that examination will count toward your final grade. One
of the most common forms of cheating occurs when a student looks at another student’s exam to obtain some
answers. In many cases, it is not easy to tell if a student has been looking at
the next exam or not. In those cases, the student will be warned once and IF
WANDER AGAIN IT WILL BE ASSUMED THAT THE
STUDENT IS CHEATING. While taking an examination, all papers, notes, books,
etc. must be placed under your chair, except that you are allowed to bring one
crib sheet in the form of a 5” x 7” index card, in which you may write as much
information as you can pack into both sides of the card. WARNING: IN THE EVENT THAT AN INCIDENT OF ACADEMIC
DISHONESTY COMES TO LIGHT AFTER THE COURSE IS OVER, THE ABOVE RULES WILL
CONTINUE TO APPLY
If you have any questions about the course, consult your course outline first, particularly the online version. If you need further clarification then see me. You should always bring the course outline to class (you should staple it to your notebook) and refer to it from time to time to remind you of deadlines, policies, etc. If lose your course outline, however, you can always download one from my home page.
Sign and return to the professor by the third day of classes. Note: You may not be given credit for this course unless I have this portion of the syllabus in my possession (Cut with scissors along the dotted line; ripped stubs are not acceptable). CHANGES: I reserve the right to change or add to assignments and make changes to this course outline, for good reason and with adequate notice.
_____________________________________ have received and read a copy of the
course outline for Altered States of Consciousness and Parapsychological
Events (PSY 2100). I have read the course outline and the
expanded on-line version at http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~roigm. I have been given an opportunity to discuss
and ask questions about the content of these documents and understand and agree
to the requirements of this course.
Student’s signature: ____________________________________ Date: _________ Student No.: ____________
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