Sep 12th 2016

Understanding Media: Facts, Authority, and What We Believe (Canvas net)

This course, intended for adults without a media literacy or research background, will examine how social media and news influence our thoughts, our feelings, and our votes without us ever realizing it.

Students will learn more about confirmation bias, how we derive authority, fact-checking, and how presentation can alter the meaning of a story. After completing this course, students will have a better understanding of media and media literacy.


- To illustrate how media influences what we believe;

- To learn about authority, and how it's derived;

- To recognize how media messages can be manipulated;

- To identify when fact-checking is necessary.