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Throughout history there have been an inordinate number of monumental events, both good and bad, such as catastrophes, government coups, assassinations, great advances in science, economic depressions, and inventions that have changed our lives.  In virtually all of these events, peoples of the world have asked themselves if these events occurred naturally, as part of the natural cycle of the world's development, or if they have been planned in secret by a small group of people intent on hiding the truth. 


In this course, we will examine some of the most influential conspiracy theories in history, dealing with some of the world's most historic events, such as the NASA Moon Landing, the assassination of John K. Kennedy, the horrific Tuskegee Experiments, top secret government programs, and even the conspiracy behind the Loch Ness Monster. 


By its very definition, conspiracy means to form an "agreement" among people.  In this case, it is an agreement, usually, to deceive.  There are two views of history:  an accidental view and a conspiratorial view.  In the first view, people do not conspire to affect history.  In this view, catastrophes and other monumental events happen as a result of natural forces.  In the conspiratorial view, a small group of people exert their power to directly affect an outcome that will increase their power or benefit themselves in other ways.

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Lesson 1: The History and Evolution of Conspiracies

This lesson will discuss the definitions and origins of a conspiracy theory. 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: The History and Evolution of Conspiracies

Lesson 2: Moon Landing Conspiracies

Ever since the image of a man walking on the moon in 1969 was broadcast to millions of viewers, there are conspiracy theorists who believe that it never happened or, at least, never happened in the way it was portrayed. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Photos: 8 Moon Landing Hoax Myths Busted ; The Faked Apollo Landings ; The Great Moon Hoax
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: Moon Landing Conspiracies

Lesson 3: Roswell UFO Crash

In July of 1947, an incident over the airspace of Roswell, New Mexico, in the southwestern United States, would propel the most famous conspiracy theory on the existence of Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFOs. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: The Roswell Incident; What Really Happened in the Roswell Crash?
  • Review Video: News Report of The Roswell UFO Crash ,1947
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: Roswell UFO Crash

Lesson 4: The Philadelphia Experiment

Many of us know famous scientists and inventors, such as Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison, but not many people know much about Nikola Tesla, even though some of his experiments have led to the most ground-breaking discoveries in science. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: The Philadelphia Experiment - The Skeptic's Dictionary
  • Review Video: The True Story of the Philadelphia Experiment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: The Philadelphia Experiment

Lesson 5: The Knights Templar and the Holy Grail

The mystery and conspiracy behind the search for the Holy Grail has been told in countless books and publications over the last two centuries. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Secrets of the Freemasons ; Connection between the Knights of Templar and the Freemasons; Knights Templar and the Holy Grail Legend
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: The Knights Templar and the Holy Grail

Lesson 6: The Illuminati

On the back of an American one-dollar bill, there is an inscription that reads "Novus Ordo Seclorum," which is Latin for "a new secular order." This inscription, and its imagery, has sparked one of the most elaborate conspiracy theories in history. 32 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: What is the Illumanti conspiracy?
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: The Illuminati

Lesson 7: John F. Kennedy's Assassination

There are very few events in American history that have created as many conspiracy theories as the assassination of the United States' 35th President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: The JFK Assassination: Conspiracy and Cover Up
  • Review Video: Did the Mafia kill JFK?
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: John F. Kennedy's Assassination

Lesson 8: Global Warming

Global Warming is one the most misunderstood concepts for many people, especially in the United States, where the topic has become a political issue, just as much as a scientific phenomenon. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Biting winters driven by global warming; Severe Winter Weather caused by global warming?
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Global Warming

Lesson 9: Princess Diana Murdered?

Diana Spencer, better known as Princess Diana, was arguably one of the most adored and beloved members of the British royal family in recent history. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Who killed Princess Diana? ; Conspiracy Planet
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: Princess Diana Murdered?

Lesson 10: The Tuskegee Experiments

On July 25, 1972, the Washington Evening Star reported, "Syphilis Patients Died Untreated." 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: The Tuskegee Syphilis Study
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: The Tuskegee Experiments

Lesson 11: The Loch Ness Monster

For years, the Loch Ness Monster has been the stuff of stories, tall tales, and even news headlines. 58 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Legend of Nessie ; Loch Ness Monster Skeptic Dictionary
  • Take Poll: What is your opinion of this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: The Final Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: The Loch Ness Monster
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Course Title: History's Greatest Conspiracies
Course Number: 7550462
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: C. Michael McKenna
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know the history and evolution of conspiracies.
  • Know moon landing conspiracies.
  • Know Roswell UFO crash.
  • Know The Philadelphia Experiment.
  • Know The Knights Templar and the Holy Grail.
  • Know The Illuminati.
  • Describe Kennedy's Assassination conspiracy theories.
  • Know global warming conspiracy theories.
  • Know Princess Diana murder conspiracy.
  • Know The Tuskegee Experiments.
  • Describe The Loch Ness Monster, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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  • "The instructor is on top of his game and is well versed in the history field. It was a pleasure to work with him." -- Randall M.
  • "Great course!" -- Kyle B.
  • "I loved this class!!!!! This class takes your mind to some very unnerving places." -- Lianne S.
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