How To Be Critical

In the age of “alternative facts,” it can be difficult to distinguish objective reality from agenda-driven misinformation. A simple Google search about any current issue can result in seemingly official studies and reports that insist on opposite conclusions. Caught in the whorl of information overload, how do we navigate towards informed opinions--backed with evidence--about the issues that matter to us? Then, how do we communicate that information and create forums for inclusive discussion in which we can simultaneously respect others while disagreeing with them? In this class we will explore some of today’s most controversial issues: second amendment rights, universal health care, charter schools, gerrymandering, and racial bias in the penal system. This course fulfills the FYP general education requirement.

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