Course Schedule - Spring Semester 2024

     

FWIS 297 001 (CRN: 25143)

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
Meeting: 3:00PM - 3:50PM MWF OES 130 (8-JAN-2024 - 19-APR-2024) 
Session: First Year Writing
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Language of Instruction: Taught in English
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: 16
Section Enrolled: 16
Enrollment data as of: 23-FEB-2024 7:59PM
 
Additional Fees: None
 
Final Exam: No Final Exam
 
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.