Fake News & Fact Finding

SACE Stage 1

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Fake News & Fact Finding

Research Practices

SACE Stage 1

10 credits


The course is designed to enable students with the ability to critically examine claims in the news, advertising, and social media for falsehoods, bias, and bad-faith arguments - skills that will help in further study and life in general.<br />

The course will have a focus on statistical methods and how data is used and abused, understanding correlation and causality, scientific misconduct in research and publication bias, understanding and identifying bias, credibility, and the validity of sources of information, logical fallacies, and fake news.


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Overview
Topics of study will be negotiated based on class interest and could include climate change, immigration, vaccination, "woke" brands, LGBTQIA+ rights, flat Earth proponents, feminism, political discourse, and wealth inequality.

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Folio 50%
Sources Analysis 50%

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