Science, Rhetoric, and Social Influence

Description: Seminar, four hours. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or 3H or English as a Second Language 36. Science writing, particularly scientific texts, both contemporary and historical, that have been used to communicate science to and influence large groups of people's beliefs and behavior. What is it about certain scientific texts that change way we think and have potential to affect social policy? Texts cover variety of topics from evolution to nutrition and food industry to current debates about climate change. Students encouraged to practice science writing themselves. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

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