345-101-MQ, Evidence and Understanding
Everyday, we rely on scientific and statistical evidence to help us make good decisions for ourselves, and to understand the world. Science is used to persuade us to buy products and services, to shape our political opinions and determine how we vote, to approach our own health and much more. It is therefore very important to know how scientific evidence works, what counts as good evidence, and most importantly, what how to tell the difference between real evidence and “sciency” sounding persuasive techniques. This course will teach students to approach scientific claims with a critical eye.