FS 012 PZ -Science in the Public Imagination
Description: From “Frankenfood” to “Intelligent Design,” we are bombarded in our daily lives with scientific (and pseudoscientific) information. The goal of this seminar is to explore how science is presented, discussed, and critiqued in the public sphere. We will focus on three central questions: How do people assess and assimilate scientific information in the context of daily decision-making? How accurately are scientific controversies presented in the media? How do the portrayals of science and scientists in fiction and film affect public understanding of science? No prior science experience necessary. [S. Gilman, Biology]
Prerequisite(s): First-Year Seminars are required for all incoming freshman and do not have prerequisites.
First-Year seminars are not listed on the course schedule. Incoming students will be assigned to a first-year seminar and registered automatically.
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