Science & Society
FYS 030, CRN 6963
Many Americans get their scientific ‘knowledge’ from popular news sources or non-expert sources. These outlets tend to oversimplify scientific topics that are nuanced and complex. Additionally, these topics are presented as a contentious battle that is filled with uncertainty and open to debate. This is not how the scientific method really plays out in academic disciplines, nor is it the way that scientists think about their research. So, how does an informed citizen learn to think like a scientist? How can a consumer of medicine, food, policy, and education approach data with understanding and skepticism? This class will encourage students to think critically and scientifically about seemingly controversial topics.