Online Class: Haunted Places

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Course Description

Welcome to a study of the unusual, the eerie and the unexplained. It's widely believed that there are forces acting upon us every day from the spirit world--forces we could learn to use to our advantage, if only we knew how to interact effectively with the spirit world. That's quite a challenge, when we have yet to even prove it exists!


Whether or not you believe in the paranormal, you can still enjoy the ghost stories that send a chill down your spine sitting around the campfire. Our love of scary stories has inspired horror movies and scary television shows, creepy novels and ghostly folk tales. We visit haunted houses and take flashlight tours of spooky cemeteries, all in the hopes of catching a glimpse of a ghost or catching a supernatural thrill. Harmless fun.


Whatever your reasons for delving further, there is fuel for learning more about the spirit world. After all, there was a time we thought the world was flat… so how can we be sure our sixth sense can't be trusted? Who's to say whether or not ghosts are real? To make a final decision, it seems we should at least take a close look at the evidence that surrounds us.


This course on hauntings is an overview of 15 locations around the world that are popularly described as haunted. Students of the paranormal can use these stories as an introduction to the subject and a foundation for further study. The lessons are specifically designed for beginners, and the locations were carefully chosen to represent a variety of different types of hauntings and their accounts.


Course Requirements

"font-family: ">Anyone who's interested in learning more about this interesting study  is welcome to enroll in this class. No previous experience is required.

Course Topics

Lesson 1: The White House & Edinburgh, Scotland

Lesson 2: The Rose Hall Great House, Jamaica

Lesson 3: The Winchester Mystery House

Lesson 4: The Bell Witch

Lesson 5: Gettysburg Battlefield

Lesson 6: Alcatraz

Lesson 7: The Tower of London

Lesson 8: The 1886 Crescent Hotel

Lesson 9: The Paris Catacombs & Bran Castle

Lesson 10: Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Lesson 11: The Republic Ghost Train, The Queen Mary & The Flying Dutchman

Course Materials

"font-family: ">All course materials are provided in this class. There is no need to buy additional resources. Links to resources required to perform investigations will be provided.

Grading Policy

"font-family: ">A brief review quiz and assignment will follow each lesson. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Additional Information

To help you immerse yourself in the subject of hauntings, a glossary of basic terms is included here. Understanding these often-used words will help you further your understanding of the lessons.


Apparition: a ghostly manifestation of spirit energy in the form of a person or an animal, the form most people imagine when they think of ghosts.


Electromagnetic Voice Phenomena (EVP): unexpected and often unexplained, disembodied voices captured with audio-recording devices. This is a popular form of paranormal “evidence.”


Ghost: a recognizable figure that is repeatedly and predictably witnessed in a particular area performing a particular activity.


Medium: someone who acts as a go-between for the world of the living and spirits.


Orb: a sphere of light that seems to contain spirit energy, it often appears in reputedly paranormal photographs and is sometimes said to be witnessed in person.


Poltergeist: this word literally means “noisy ghost” in German and refers to an environment that interacts with an unseen force. Activity may include loud noises, breaking objects or other noisy events.


Psychic: a person who believes they can see, hear or sense spirits.


Séance: Channeling or meeting of spirits and the living, either via a medium or a channeling device.


Spirit: any entity that interacts with humans but is from another physical plane.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the famous hauntings of The White House and Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Know the hauntings of the Rose Hall Great House, The Winchester Mystery House, and The Bell Witch of Bell Farm.
  • Describe the hauntings of the Gettysburg Battlefield.
  • Describe the hauntings of Alcatraz, The Tower of London, and The 1886 Crescent Hotel
  • Describe the hauntings of The Paris Catacombs and Bran Castle.
  • Know the hauntings of Waverly Hills Sanatorium
  • Describe The Republic Ghost Train, The RMS Queen Mary and The Flying Dutchman, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction5
Assignment 1: The Haunted White House30
Quiz for Lesson 1: The White House and Edinburgh, Scotland10
Assignment 2: Who was Annie Palmer?20
Quiz for Lesson 2: The Rose Hall Great House17
Assignment 3: The Mystery House20
Quiz for Lesson 3: The Winchester Mystery House11
Assignment 4: Why so popular?20
Quiz for Lesson 4: The Bell Witch of Bell Farm10
Assignment 5: Gettysburg Epicenter20
Quiz for Lesson 5: Gettysburg Battlefield10
Assignment 6:Behind the Bars20
Quiz for Lesson 6: Alcatraz11
Assignment 7: Talking about the Tower20
Quiz for Lesson 7: The Tower of London10
Assignment 8: Who was the Doc?20
Quiz for Lesson 8: The 1886 Crescent Hotel12
Assignment 9: The Museum20
Quiz for Lesson 9: The Paris Catacombs and Bran Castle12
Assignment 10: TB Takes its Toll20
Quiz for Lesson 10: Waverly Hills Sanatorium13
Assignment 11: The Queen Mary20
Quiz for Lesson 11: The Republic Ghost Train, The RMS Queen Mary & The Flying Dutchman12
The Final Exam58
Total Points:421

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