JOUR 305: Full STEM Ahead: Science and the News

"Red wine cures cancer!" "Chocolate causes acne!" "Gum takes seven years to digest!" Scientific research and discovery can make for great headlines, but what is reported is not always accurate and can lead people to believe science fiction instead of science fact. This class will explore how science is covered in media around the world and the effect popular press has on how people understand the scientific world around them. We'll look at both the strengths and weaknesses of science stories in the news, how journalists decide to cover a particular science story, and hear from both scientists and reporters about their roles. Students will develop a scientific literacy to evaluate media stories they consume in their lives. (General education course, open to non-majors)

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