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« Thread started on: Apr 10th, 2013, 4:10pm »

It's that time in the game of 'what if' where we run the play-within-a-play.

Your assignment - answer any or all of the following questions: if you were to teach a course in Ufology, what might your lesson plan be? Could it be confined to a single course? If you were to design a course curriculum for a Ufology major, what would you include?

You may expand or revisit your answers, but I will likely be synthesizing the responses to the majority's satisfaction as the thread progresses. Warning! If no one answers, I will be forced to mete out detention slips.

Caveat: please limit yourself to topic outlines, saving the meat of your lesson plans for another thread. This is a case outline and overview, not a full class session.
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 10th, 2013, 4:29pm »

on Apr 10th, 2013, 4:10pm, Reasoner wrote:
It's that time in the game of 'what if' where we run the play-within-a-play.

Your assignment - answer any or all of the following questions: if you were to teach a course in Ufology, what might your lesson plan be? Could it be confined to a single course? If you were to design a course curriculum for a Ufology major, what would you include?

You may expand or revisit your answers, but I will likely be synthesizing the responses to the majority's satisfaction as the thread progresses. Warning! If no one answers, I will be forced to mete out detention slips.

Caveat: please limit yourself to topic outlines, saving the meat of your lesson plans for another thread. This is a case outline and overview, not a full class session.


I hope I understood you correctly, but this is how my curriculum outline would look:

8 1-hour lectures

1. UFO reporting in the media and books early 20th century

2. US government and USAF UFO investigations, including Project Blue Book

3. Theories within the UFO community and among UFOlogists

4. Alien Abduction reports and theories

5. Official position on UFOs and Alien Life by the US and other governments, analysis of public statements

6. The five most famous UFO reports, reading first-hand witness testimony

7. The scientific and skeptical view of UFOs

8. The implications of actual alien visitation for our human societies and the pupils/students themselves, with open debate



That's it.
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 10th, 2013, 4:42pm »

Gold Star for purr! A great introduction. Detention is called off. Now if we can see some of those other papers...
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« Reply #3 on: Apr 10th, 2013, 4:43pm »

An 8-week class, with guest speakers, sorry no field trips.

Week #1: A Brief History of UFO’s: From the Dawn of Man to the year 1945, including some of the Ancient Alien Theories, Erich von Däniken, Foo Fighters, the 1890’s Airship Reports, etc.

Week #2: UFO Reports from 1945 to 1960: including Kenneth Arnold, Roswell, Blue Book and various Reports from the day.

Week #3: Modern UFO Sightings: from 1960 to Present day, including Photos, Videos and Reports.

Week #4: Hoaxes or Not: A review of many of the UFO Reports that are commonly believed to be false and a study of the evidence against them, including Adamski, Meier, Gulf Breeze, UMMO. Etc.

Week: #5: The Psychology behind UFO’s: We will look at Witnesses, Authors, Investigators and Debunkers, to drill deep down inside to find out what their agendas truly are.

Week #6: Abductions: A review of the most famous ones, including: Antonio Villas Boas, Betty & Barney Hill, Travis Walton, The Pensacola Case, as well as reports by Budd Hopkins and David Jacobs.

Week #7: The Search for Evidence: A review of all of the Cases and Reports we have studied the previous weeks, looking to find evidence that can stand up on its own merits.

Week #8: Presentations: Each Student will conduct a 10-20 minute presentation of a UFO Case that they feel is real and show and tell why. Each Student will take a different case, no duplications.
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« Reply #4 on: Apr 10th, 2013, 4:44pm »

I was creating mine off-line in MS-Word, and did not read Purr's until AFTER I posted mine.

It is interesting we both came up with (8) Topics and very similar too...!

Something about great minds thinking alike...
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« Reply #5 on: Apr 30th, 2013, 6:29pm »

So, class, I hit a snag in my own research in defining a curriculum for a Ufological course. What I wanted to do, rather, was define a curriculum for a degree in UFOlogy, rather than what a single course would cover. But the problem with what I wanted to do (make a degree with some meat and bones behind it) is two-fold: there are many angles one could pursue when thinking of UFOlogy (the history, the science behind propulsion or energy systems, natural sciences like meteorology, psychology and sociology in regards to mass perceptions and hoaxes, optics and photography, etc.) and to try and insert specific Ufological study in a four year degree would water down whatever other emphasis that person emphasized his or her training in. As an example, I looked up the curriculum plan for a mechanical engineering student to graduate in four years, and the math, science and programming involved is INTENSIVE. Shoe-horning in other courses and expecting that student to still be as strong in his fundamentals toward his field would be too much.

Were that student instead to have a wholly Ufological group of courses, they might be generally well-versed in a variety of disciplines, but never so strong as to get a job outside of something related to UFOlogy.

So in my estimation, if one were to want to seriously embark in UFOlogy with any academic background, they would best get a degree outside of anything dealing with actual UFOlogy. Perhaps, on top of that, if they wished, there could be special classes relating to it, or the provisional single elective courses as proposed above.

In other words, I'd rather have a guy who was a professional photographer, or a guy who got a degree in meteorology investigating a UFO case for me, rather than a guy who got a degree specific to UFOlogy. That doesn't mean I think UFOlogy shouldn't be taken seriously. It just means that I'd want standard academics putting their brains to it. I think there are a myriad of disciplines that UFOlogy would benefit from who chose to pursue it.

* Computer Science - whichever other disciplines propose theories or need data analyzed in any meaningful or massive way are going to need engineers to model their theories and data on computers. In this day and age, a computer programmer/scientist is fundamental to any research team.
* Meteorology and Atmospherics - we're looking at anomalies in the sky. Without understanding the intricacies of the environment of the sky, UFOlogy operates at a severe disadvantage.
* Aeronautical and Aerospace Science/Engineering - understanding how current aircraft/spacecraft work, and what their limitations are is another fundamental aspect of understanding what is possible and impossible in earthling terms.
* Photography and Video Technology - understanding and improving on the techniques in data gathering. Absolute must.
* Philosophy and Logic - The ramifications of what we're seeing, our approach in investigating... to extrapolate as best we know how requires fascile and supple minds. Also these disciplines, along with Psychology and Sociology, might help to better identify and understand hoaxes and their perpetrators, and formulate some buffers and proofs against future hoaxing.
* History and Archaeology - sigh. In my opinion, we have enough of these two disciplines in UFOlogy. Good historians and archaeologists are invaluable, but there is a glut of these currently.
* Library Technicians and Researchers - the idea of a Library tech may seem odd at first blush, but again, my opinion, a computer can only do so much. It is only a tool. The operator is the mind to make it happen... and someone who exhibits skills in extreme organization, memory, and intuitive search techniques is gonna be the guy who holds it all together... the glue of the UFOlogical team. There are reams upon reams of information stored in our human civilization. It's all there, at the tap of a finger... but how do you "excavate" that information? And of course, not all information is stored electronically.

I know I'm leaving off lots of other disciplines that would do well in moving UFOlogy forward - astrophysics, molecular biology, Robotics, Optical Engineering, heck even a degree in Criminal Investigation would be a welcome field (understanding evidentiary fact finding and methods to unearth it).

I think if UFOlogy were to exhibit a disciplined, organizational, and academic approach to investigation, with peer review and a unified oversight committee, this could be the way forward to acceptance. You know? We may already be almost there. There are still huge obstacles (accepted unified oversight committee), but we now have some rather large organizations already in place such as MUFON, we have a pretty hard science group studying UAPs (NARCAP), and there is definitely interest out there, though those interested can take a beating for their interest and beliefs. With peer-review and hard science, hoaxters eventually melt by the wayside. The chaff blows away. Perhaps there are only a few grains left, but we would know what to start with. Building on ways to better gather more information is vital, and that may mean mundane real-world theoretical and applicable science to better our tools (better recording methods, sharper visual imagery, more precise robotics, longer range space craft), but it brings us closer to our end goals of understanding what some of us are experiencing.

Probably the same argument always given, ad nauseum, but I'd love for it to be a call to action.
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« Reply #6 on: Apr 30th, 2013, 7:40pm »

Sounds like a solid foundation
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« Reply #7 on: Jun 18th, 2013, 3:27pm »

I like the discussion; very interesting.
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« Reply #8 on: Jun 18th, 2013, 5:59pm »

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« Reply #9 on: Jun 18th, 2013, 6:41pm »

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« Reply #10 on: Jun 18th, 2013, 6:52pm »

So, the person who attained this degree would be Bachelor of Ufology. (Bufo).

Most Doctors start their working day by asking a question.
The Doctor of Engineering may ask 'How can I make this structure stronger yet lighter ?'

The Doctor of Medicine may as ' how are the new treatments working ?'

The Doctor of Ufology will ask 'Do you want fries with that ?'

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« Reply #11 on: Jun 18th, 2013, 6:58pm »

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