ALA 264 - Interdisciplinary Topics in ALA
Fall 2020, Section 222 - Discerning Truth
Instruction Mode: Section 222 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Applied Liberal Arts (ALA)
Department: LSA UG: Curriculum Support
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Requirements & Distribution:
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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In the flood of information in today’s digital age, how do you know what is true or not? How do you become a leader and best in sharing the truth with others? In this innovative class, you will learn about the nature of truth, evidence, facts and information from top faculty and outside experts across a range of disciplines, from law to computer science. Each week, we’ll cover a different topic with a top expert in the field, such as analyzing “Cheapfakes” or how elections can be prone to misinformation.This class will use online tools in novel ways to interact with class speakers and fellow students, using Reddit, Slack, and others to enable new forms of interaction.

Course Requirements:

Course requirements will include social media posts, including interaction on the class subreddit and in the course discussions. Students will be asked to submit one blog post during the semester about a course reading, and one about a course speaker. There will be a final assignment that is a short description of how the student thinks about determining what is true or not.

Intended Audience:

This class is intended for anyone. No special background is required for this course.

Class Format:

The course consists of a synchronous lecture and discussions that take place in different social media channels. The lecture will be available via livestream, with a limited number of seats available for physical attendance using safety protocols. The class will be using a variety of online tools to create online discussions around the course content.


ALA 264 - Interdisciplinary Topics in ALA
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (LEC)
MW 4:00PM - 6:00PM
222 (LEC)
W 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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