June 7, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Posted in Introduction | Leave a comment

Welcome to the Fall 2011 class entitled “Debating Politics and Science.” This term, we are going to explore a variety of cases where work scientists are doing has become controversial and has led to public policy debates. Specifically, we will be looking at Intelligent Design and Evolution, Climate Change, and Vaccinations and Autism to understand what scientific knowledge is, how the news media translate science to the public, what people understand about science and scientists, and how that plays out in the political world.

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