Fall 2020

Fake News

Listed in: First Year Seminar, as FYSE-103

Moodle site: Course


Amalia V. Culiuc (Section 01)


In our information-saturated world, "fake news" may feel like an inescapable reality. But what exactly is fake news, why does it exist, and how do we distinguish it from trustworthy information? In particular, if experts can disagree and data can be fabricated, where do we go when the subject matter is beyond our expertise? Can something that "makes sense" be false? Can a theory that contradicts our personal experiences or beliefs still hold true?

In this course we will take a critical look at how science is reported in the media and how logic, probability, and statistics can be manipulated to fit various narratives. We will focus on identifying sources of (mis)information, constructing fact-based arguments, and establishing ways to distinguish between news, opinions, rumors, advertisement, and propaganda.

Fall semester. Assistant Professor Culiuc.


Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Online Only


2020-21: Offered in Fall 2020
Other years: Offered in Fall 2020