LB-492 (International) Summer 2017

Examining Controversies in Science and the Media from an International Perspective

Syllabus | Grades | Films 2000, 2001, 2004 | 2005's 30 Days Disabled(DV) | 2012's: Islamerica(DV), Recycling(DV) & Drinking Age(DV) | 2014's: Glutenology(DV), ObamaCare(DV) & Unplugged(DV)

Awarded (MLK Jr & ELFF) Films | 2000's Eugenics | 2001's RU486 | 2005's 30 Days Disabled | 2010's Beg Your Way to the Top | 2012's Islamerica | 2014's Glutenology & Unplugged

Film Projects from Paris France
(Notre cinéma français)


2017-> Vaccines: "MeaslesLand,"♀Healthcare:"ACCESS," Nutrition: "The Parisian Paradox."
2015-> Cities: "Food Deserts," Healthcare: "Prescription Culture," Education: "Active Learning."
2010 -> Un: "Beg Your Way to the Top," et deux: "Sans Viande" (YT), et trois: "SightSeeing" (DV).
2007-> "Obésité" 1&2 (DV), "Grande Bang" 1&2 (DV), "MythÉclater" 1&2 (DV) et "Fumeur" 1&2 (DV)

"Georges Perec" Service Announcements (gPSAs) inspired by "Tentative d'épuisement d'un lieu parisien"
2017@Paris Rue Dauphine by SPC, Rue St. Honoré by SKB, Avenue de la Motte-Picquet by BGFS
(The 2017 gPSA films only display properly in browsers that support 360 video e.g. Firefox & Chrome, not Safari)
2014@MSU by Greg Ribble, Lee Wang, Miles Kamaloski, Bartosz Gawareki, Michelle Abrahams & Jonathan Dokter
2015@Paris by Emily Potter, Bridget Hillman, Manasa Gummalla, Kim Vi, Jessica Mizzi, Annie Hess, Rachel Barton, & Erin Miller

This Paris 2017 senior seminar course is designed to engage you (the student) in the process of "debunking" controversial issues and examining them from an international perspective. The class will include discussions, debates, oral reports, group projects and reviews of current research literature. The purposes of this class are to enhance your understanding of science and scientific research and to explore how the public receives information and reaches an understanding of science. You will learn to critique cause/effect claims in science and the science-related popular media and explore how the representations of scientific ideas and findings vary. You will work to: (i) trace and debunk a controversial science and societal story backwards from its representation in the popular media to its original scientific findings in the field, and/or (ii) pursue a "30 Days" experimental approach, as developed by filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, where you commit to experience a life or lifestyle very different than your own and use that process to test a hypothesis. You will select a story/topic, study the facts, interview experts/public and ultimately disseminate your findings through popular media, film, internet, and produce DVDs. You will use a smartphone or equivalent (iOS, Android etc) as a camera to produce a short film to inform your audience. Possible stories could relate to: the gay gene, Obamacare, racism, vaccinations causing autism, food stamp fraud, the origin of life, intelligent design, mercury pollution, cold fusion, or brain tumors from cellular phones etc. *The best "project proposals" will examine a topic where society's norms differ greatly from a Parisian vs US perspective (i.e. the french have a distinctly different viewpoint/culture/model than US concerning what is appropriate or c'est normal).

Allez Paris 2017