Course Schedule - Spring Semester 2020

     

FWIS 197 001 (CRN: 23504)

SCIENCE OR PSEUDOSCIENCE?

Long Title: SCIENCE, PSEUDOSCIENCE AND SKEPTICISM: HOW TO TELL GOOD SCIENCE FROM JUNK SCIENCE
Department: First-Year Writing Intensive
Instructor: Cone, Michael T.
Meeting: 4:00PM - 4:50PM MWF BRK 103 (13-JAN-2020 - 24-APR-2020) 
Session: First Year Writing
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Method of Instruction: Face to Face
Credit Hours: 3
Course Syllabus:
Course Materials: Rice Campus Store
 
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Undergraduate Professional
Visiting Undergraduate
Undergraduate
Section Max Enrollment: 15
Section Enrolled: 15
Enrollment data as of: 4-AUG-2020 3:55PM
 
Fees: None
 
Final Exam: Scheduled Final Exam-OTR Room
Final Exam Time:
2-MAY-2020  
2:00PM - 5:00PM S TBA TBA
 
Description: This class focuses on scientific skepticism and critical thinking, and how they can be utilized to distinguish science from pseudoscience. Core topics include the fallibility of perception; mechanisms of self-deception; as well as metacognition, cognitive biases and logical fallacies. These topics will be illustrated through examples of good and bad science.