Truth and Reason

Spring 2018
Evening and Weekend
Class Size: 50
Credits per quarter

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ecology, plant biology
physics, education

While the current headlines and stories focus on "the post-truth era," the task of separating truth from fiction has been a struggle throughout history. One of the key turning points was the development of what is now called "scientific reasoning." In this program, we will explore that historical development while providing opportunities to further develop our own scientific thinking and integrative reasoning skills. The context for this development will focus on issues that have strong scientific foundations but remain targets of debate—issues such as the theory of evolution, the use of vaccines, and the observed changes in Earth's climate. We will learn about the scientific method of observation, reasoning, and hypothesis testing while looking at how the social, cultural, and political context can affect debates and decisions. We’ll read articles from both scientific and popular literature, develop skills in quantitative reasoning and interpretation of data, and evaluate the assumptions of various advocacy organizations. Students will develop their ability to present well-reasoned arguments through frequent writing assignments and group discussions.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

science, policy, and advocacy.


Credits per quarter

Fields of study: 
Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Class Standing: Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 50

Scheduled for: Evening and Weekend

Final schedule and room assignments:

Advertised schedule:

6-10p Wed and 9a-4:30p Sat

Located in: Olympia

2018-03-15Program now accepting Freshman