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Předmět, akademický rok 2021/2022
Science and media - JJB180
Anglický název: Science and media
Český název: Věda a média
Zajišťuje: Katedra žurnalistiky (23-KZ)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2020
Semestr: letní
E-Kredity: 3
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:1/1 KZ [hodiny/týden]
Rozsah za akademický rok: 26 [týdny]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (12)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst: ne
Stav předmětu: nevyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
Garant: Mgr. Pavel Kasík
Termíny zkoušek   Rozvrh   Nástěnka   
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Pavel Kasík (01.10.2018)
Science and scientists are represented in media on a daily basis. After all, science is an important framework for determining the truth or relevance of information in modern society. Every journalist should therefore be familiar with research papers, studies, statistics and scientific methods, be it directly or through secondary sources. Sadly, this is not always the case. Science is often presented in overly simplified, distorted, confusing or even downright wrong manner. This class aims to prevent this by equipping journalists with essential knowledge and skills.

Students will become familiar with the usual mistakes that journalists make when using scientific resources. We will learn to spot these errors and prevent them. Using specific examples from medicine, physics, statistics and computer science - we will demonstrate how to work with sources: specialized magazines, internet search engines, secondary sources and even directly with the scientists themselves.

The course also includes a brief introduction to the history of science, epistemology, technological determinism (Postman, Innis), cognitive errors and distortions (Kahneman, Tversky, Ariely) and their role in journalism and media consumption. Lectures are spiced with discussion of current topics and the lecturer is happy to be interrupted by students with relevant questions or insights. Every lesson starts with short discussion of recently published articles.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Pavel Kasík (01.10.2018)

The aim of this class is to explore the interesting and often intricate relationship between science and the media; with an emphasis on practical skills that are useful for journalists. We will analyze the the role that science plays in modern society and how it is treated by journalists and readers. After finishing this class, the students should be able to find appropriate scientific study, recognize topics that are interesting to their audience, present science in a understandable form and in proper context, explain the basic methodology of scientific work and communicate better with scientists and other experts. A secondary aim is to explain some cognitive biases and illusions that prevent people (scientists, journalists and readers alike) from seeing the reality, and perhaps even show how they can be avoided.

Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Pavel Kasík (01.10.2018)
To pass this class, you need to attend the lectures (three absences permitted).
Students have a choice of the type of their final product to finish this class:
  • group presentation analyzing the coverage of a particular scientific topic in the media (12 minutes + questions)
  • group presentations insightfully demonstrating some of the cognitive errors (must be consulted in advance with the lecturer)
  • stand-alone text - journalistic article presenting scientific topic in a popular form, complete with links and search methodology (2 standard pages or 500 words or more) in either English or Czech language
  • stand-alone essay - review of a book (must be consulted beforehand) dealing with science (2 standard pages or 500 words or more) ineither English or Czech language
Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Pavel Kasík (01.10.2018)
  • POSTMAN, N.‚ 1993. Technopoly. New York: Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-74540-8.
  • GOLDACRE, B.‚ 2009. Bad Science. London: Fourth Estate. ISBN 987-0-00-728487-0. 
  • KENNEDY, D.‚ 2010. Science and the MediaIn: KENNEDY, D. a G. OVERHOLSER. Science and the Media. Cambridge (USA): American Academy of Arts and Sciences. ISBN#: 0-87724-087-6.
  • MERTON, R. K.‚ 1973. The normative structure of scienceIn: MERTON, R. K. Sociology of science. Theoretical and empirical investiagtion. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • SEETHALER, S.‚ 2009. Lies, Damned Lies, and Science. New Jersey: FT Press. ISBN-10: 0137155220.
  • HERMIDA, A.‚ 2010. Revitalizing Science Journalism for a Digital AgeIn: KENNEDY, D. a G. OVERHOLSER. Science and the Media. Cambridge: American Academy of Arts and Sciences. ISBN#: 0-87724-087-6.
  • KAHNEMAN, D.‚ 2011. Thinking, Fast and Slow.. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 0374275637.
  • ARIELY, D.‚ 2009. Predictably Irrational. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN: 0061353248. 
  • ARIELY, D.‚ 2010. The Upside of Irrationality. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN-10: 0061995037.
Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Pavel Kasík (01.10.2018)
1. Introduction
Getting to know the issues, examples of science in the media
2. Problems in the representation of science in the media
Overview of common problems and their possible causes
3. Historical context
Development of science, development of mass media, their common roots and key differences (epistemology, technological determinism)
4. Scientific studies
What is a scientific research, basic scientific methods, what are some common errors in their presentation in the media
5. Resources
How to find relevant information on the Internet and elsewhere, how to distinguish credible scientific information from untrusted, how to cite
6. Medicine in the media
Examples of bad medicine and bad journalism, especially on topics related to health, practical examples on how to write about medicine.
7. Technology and science in the mediascience popularization
Thinking about the possibilities of science popularization. Scientific literacy in society and its implications. How to target readers.
8. Communicating with scientists
Real examples of communication between scientists and journalists. How interview scientists. How to respect scientific work while presenting it to the reader. How to call out scientists when they are mistaken.
9. Pseudoscience in the media, cognitive errors
Cognitive fallacies shaping our perception of reality. Cautionary examples, practical experiments.
10. - 12. Other topics
How to spot bad statistics. How science became scientific. Problems in current science and medicine. How to argue when you know you are right. Practical examples of writing popular scientific articles, experiments, discussions...

The schedule is preliminary and will be subject to changes.  
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