Calling Bullshit — Syllabus
Logistics Course: INFO 198 / BIOL 106B. University of Washington To be offered: Spring Quarter 2017 Credit: 1 credit, C/NC Enrollment: 160 students Instructors: Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin West Synopsis: Our world is saturated with bullshit. Learn to detect and defuse it. The course will be offered as a 1-credit seminar this spring through the Information School at the University of Washington. Learning Objectives Our learning objectives are straightforward. Remain vigilant for bullshit contaminating your information diet. We will be astonished if these skills do not turn out to be among the most useful and most broadly applicable of those that you acquire during the course of your college education. Schedule and readings Each of the lectures will explore one specific facet of bullshit. Lectures Week 1. Harry Frankfurt (1986) On Bullshit. Supplementary readings Week 2. Week 3. Gordon Pennycook et al. (2015) On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit. Week 4. Week 5. Week 6.
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