ALA 270 - Applied Liberal Arts Topics
Fall 2020, Section 004 - Fake News, Lies, and Propaganda: How to Sort Fact from Fiction
Instruction Mode: Section 004 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Applied Liberal Arts (ALA)
Department: LSA UG: Curriculum Support
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Class Misc Info:
Meets 08/31/20 - 10/16/20. (Drop/Add deadline=09/14/20.).
Enforced Prerequisites:
Students cannot enroll if they have already completed 4 instances of ALA and/or UC 270.
May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:


What is “fake news” anyway? Are we living in a post-truth world? This course will provide opportunities to discuss and analyze news production, consumption and evaluation. Students will develop the critical thinking skills necessary to be an informed citizen; understand how their worldview affects their interpretation of the news; and create a personal strategy for fact-checking and evaluating the news. Topics include types of “fake news” such as misinformation and disinformation; economic and technological contexts of the news media; psychological and social factors of media consumption; and the impact of news on our society.

Course Requirements:

Students will be required to read and discuss theoretical texts, actively participate in workshops and group activities, and will produce a research project over the course of the semester.

Intended Audience:

Sophomore and above.

Class Format:

This class will be taught asynchronously with a few synchronous components


ALA 270 - Applied Liberal Arts Topics
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004 (LEC)
W 3:00PM - 5:00PM
005 (LEC)
W 3:00PM - 5:00PM

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