A photo of a bull with an X through it.

Fellow proposes critical analysis course

By Robin Brooks

A photo of a bull with an X through it.
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Jevin West, data science fellow and assistant professor in the UW Information School, and Carl T. Bergstrom, professor of biology, have proposed a new course meant to develop critical analysis skills. Tentatively titled Calling Bull***t, the class aims to teach learners “how to think critically about the data and models that constitute evidence in the social and natural sciences.”

The one-credit course would help students navigate through the complex world of fake news and conflicting information. Their webpage includes a detailed syllabus online, outlining the learning objectives and lectures students could expect if the course is approved.

Meanwhile, the press coverage continues to pile up at The Chronicle of Higher Education, NPR (audio), Fast Company (and third down in a Fast Company roundup), The Seattle TimesMy Northwest (audio interview), King 5 NewsQ13 Fox News (video), KOMO News (video), UW TodaySeeker, Inc.United Press International and Salon.