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Catalog 2020-2021 
Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ENSTU 130 - Science, Media, and Society

This communication course examines the mediated intersection between science and society.  It offers students the tools to comprehend and analyze science messages found in a variety of communication contexts, including science news messages found in a variety of print, broadcast, and online communication channels from a variety of sources. By examining how science is portrayed in public communication contexts regarding issues such as climate change, medical research, agricultural science, and engineering and technology, we will learn how to interpret and critically assess the science messages that surround us. For each topic, we will examine a variety of messages and evaluate the credibility of claims and sources, inductive and deductive reasoning, and identify fallacies.  For each science message, we will reflect on the role of values, ideologies, and ethics involved in shaping our understanding of science and our world.

General Education: A3 Critical Thinking
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Units: 3