Syllabus & Course Description

a copy of the syllabus is available here [pdf]

course description

you will develop skills for the analysis of complex questions through reading, writing and debating

part 1 -arguments and data we will examine various ways in which people can deceive, e.g. by misrepresenting the data and drawing unjustified conclusions from them

part 2 – getting the facts right   by examining  controversial questions of our time, we will (try to) distinguish “facts” from “fictions”

part 3 – beyond facts  once the facts are agreed upon, we still need to answer non-factual questions, e.g. what should we do?

part 4 – presentations students will present their ideas for the final paper