Freshman seminar: critical thinking through science and justice

Author(s): 

Barbara Hillery

Author Affiliation: 

The College at Old Westbury - SUNY

Year: 

2007

Abstract: 

The current interest in television shows highlighting forensic investigation provides an opportunity to engage all students in critical analysis and to foster their capacity for logical argument. Based on knowledge gained at the CWCS Forensic Science workshop last summer, I have created a Freshman Seminar focusing on Science and Justice, using case studies and presenting the relevant scientific evidence. My goal in this seminar is not to teach science but to provide exposure to scientific concepts and applications in a societal context, increasing the non-science students' confidence in their own ability to understand science. In this paper I discuss the trials and tribulations of the initial offering of this course.
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