University of California, Santa Cruz

Conspiracy Planet

Taught in English

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Matthew Lasar

Instructor: Matthew Lasar


(31 reviews)

Beginner level
No prior experience required
9 hours to complete
3 weeks at 3 hours a week
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

What you'll learn

  • Learners will be able to identify conspiracy theories.

  • Learners will be able to evaluate and critique conspiracy theories.

  • Learners will be able to create their own conspiracy theories.

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There are 7 modules in this course

This module is an introduction to the basics of conspiracy theory.

What's included

3 videos1 quiz

This module focuses on American historian Richard Hofstadter's book "The Paranoid Style in American Politics."

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1 video1 quiz

This module covers the antisemitic conspiracy theories that grew from the fabricated text "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion."

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3 videos1 quiz

This module focuses on conspiracy theories invented to explain Word War I.

What's included

4 videos1 quiz

This module covers some of the countless theories of the assassination of American President John F. Kennedy.

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6 videos1 quiz

This module is an exploration of the relationship between grief and conspiracy theories.

What's included

5 videos1 quiz

This is it. This is the last module, in which you will create your own (original) conspiracy theory and evaluate the conspiracy theories of your fellow learners.

What's included

2 videos1 quiz1 peer review


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4.9 (18 ratings)
Matthew Lasar
University of California, Santa Cruz
1 Course2,496 learners

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