I’m working on a Sociology exercise and need support.
Students will begin by finding a quote or a statement in the popular media that makes a claim that the student suspects is either misrepresentation of science or pseudoscience. The claim can come from publications or media of entertainment, politics, news, lifestyle, health, environment, business, advertising, etc. Then, students will research the science behind the claim using at least one high quality academic source to explain the correct information, although more may be necessary to fully explain the claim. The student will provide a detailed analysis of the claim using the facts of the academic source to explain why it misrepresents what the actual science says, or why it’s a pseudoscientific claim. Students should use key concepts from the course material whenever possible to support their analysis.
For example, earlier in the term, I mentioned how a member of the House of Representatives (congressman) Todd Akin said during an interview regarding why he doesn’t view abortion necessary in the case of rape that, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
With a quick look into the science of conception, one can quickly debunk this quote by explaining that conception only requires a sperm to fertilize an egg, and then the egg embeds if the uterus is in a fertile state. But even if you thought that rape doesn’t lead to conception as often as normal consensual sex, it turns out that it’s not the case at all, and that pregnancy occurs at the same rate in both situations.
Students should approach other claims they have encountered with the same academic rigor. Provide enough context and academic research to explain why it’s slightly incorrect, misleading, or entirely false.
Presentations will be 4-5 minutes in length. Presentations that run less than 4 minutes and more than 5
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