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Empowering Yourself in a Post-Truth World

The University at Buffalo , SUNY Empire State College and University at Albany via Independent

Overview

The post-truth world is a divided and partisan environment in which factual information has been displaced by subjective and biased viewpoints. Facts and expertise no longer matter when isolated communities deny truth and scientific reasoning in favor of whatever information suits their needs or aligns with their beliefs. Social media and emerging technologies have the power to connect global participants in a meaningful way; yet, they have also led to disconnected communities that fail to communicate past their own self-imposed boundaries. In this course, you will gain insights to recognize your own biases and identify preconceptions in today’s dynamic social information environment. Through metaliteracy, you will practice self-reflective, metacognitive processes and reexamine fixed mindsets. Together, we will consider the importance of facts and expertise in reinventing a truthful world based on inclusive communities of trust. This course will empower you to be a reflective consumer and a creative, responsible producer of information, and to raise and share your voice in this post-truth milieu.

 

 

 

Syllabus

Course Introduction

Module 1: Empowering Yourself for the Post-Truth World

Module 2: Who Are the Experts?

Module 3: Can We Build Trust Online?

Module 4: False Representations in Constructed Media

Module 5: Raising and Sharing Our Voices

Module 6: Reinventing a Truthful World

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