Democracies are dependent on shared civic knowledge of its citizens. We get our shared civic knowledge primarily from “stories” that circulate in news and social media. Our democracy is in trouble because citizens cannot agree on what is true. But what is civic knowledge and how do we acquire it? This course is about stories and storytellers and how they can divide and unite us. This course relies heavily on class participation.
Some of the topics covered in this course are:
- How and why some news stories are often selected to stir up hatred and distrust?
- How does TV effect news (is the media the message)?
- Who are our storytellers and what do they want us to believe?
- What is knowable and what isn’t?
Registration deadline: Jan. 15
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