Liverpool, United Kingdom

Fake News, Fake Science and Critical Thinking. What Should I Believe?

online course
when 1 July 2022 - 22 July 2022
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 15 EC

This module aims to give students an increased awareness of how fake news and fake science is spread on social media, as well as a grounding in critical new digital techniques for source evaluation and verification.

It provides a methodology through which students can distinguish reliable and unreliable sources of information. It also aims to provide them with a critical thinking toolkit which they can use during their studies and in later life.

Course leader

Philip Leeke

Course aim

To provide students with an introduction to information disorder (fake news, fake science) and how it is spread through social media.

To introduce new digital technologies that can be used for source verification and which enable critical thinking.

To develop confidence in understanding and communicating complex ideas in written and/or spoken language

To develop skills in research and collaborative learning.

Credits info

15 EC
Credits equivalent to 7.5 ECTS.

The details will vary depending on the modules you study, but you can expect to spend at least 4-6 hours per week live with your lecturer and classmates. The remainder of the contact hours will be clearly structured and well-supported. They may include recorded talks, presentations, and lectures by your lecturers with tasks for you to complete such as note-taking or a quiz. As part of your online learning, you can expect to work in a pair or as a group.

Fee info

EUR 0: Module must be taken as part of a Week 1-3 or Week 1-6 Online International Summer School programme, so no individual module prices are available.