Political Science

If there were a list of things I absolutely required all my students to understand before leaving my class, the relationship between mass media, politics, and science would be close to the top of the list. But there are a lot of moving parts in these relationships, so the terrain is difficult to traverse.  As one might expect of a difficult topic, there is much to read and a lot to unpack.   This pathfinder discusses how politics and our mass media system complicate the dissemination of important scientific information. 
Contributor: Todd Heldt
License Assigned: CC Attribution-ShareAlike License CC-BY-SA
This is designed as a 75 minute lesson plan. It isn’t tied to specific course content, but can be tailored to a particular course and scaled to shorter or longer class sessions. It is designed as more of a theoretical, reflective introduction to concepts of privacy and security than as a nuts-and-bolts or tech heavy workshop, and it includes a debate activity entitled "The Rewards and Risks of Convenience." It could also be used as part 1 in a two-part workshop series in which the second focuses more on specific strategies/methods/software.
Contributor: Claire Lobdell
Resource Type(s): Lesson Plan
Information Literacy Frame(s) Addressed: Information Has Value
License Assigned: CC Attribution License CC-BY
A discussion and overview of the following ideasWhy we see things differently.Why we don’t like to be wrong.Why it is dangerous to question authority.Where we got the letter A.The morbidity of Puritan children’s books.How culture and community impact information.The origin of the political parties in America.How information is dangerous and can be used to disrupt or preserve a social order. take note of the following terms:cognitive dissonanceconfirmation biasdisconfirmation biasoppositional media hostilitypropagandatop-down information systemsbottom-up information systemspublic spheresocial responsibility theory of journalismobjectivitythe Fairness DoctrineNet Neutrality 
Contributor: Todd Heldt
Resource Type(s): Blog PostLesson Plan
Scope: Course-level
License Assigned: CC Attribution License CC-BY
This exercise offers students a list of curated links that they will use to complete an assigned project on green roofs.  Students must evaluate, summarize, annotate, cite, and synthezize the materials in a completed document containing an ultimate recommendation for a course of action. Requires EBSCO access.
Contributor: Todd Heldt
Resource Type(s): Assignment Prompt
License Assigned: CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License CC-BY-NC-SA
Graphic research handout that will help student understand how to conduct position paper research. Print this handout into bookmark size: when printing PDF, choose page sizing & handling Multiple, page per sheet (Custom 2 by 1), page order  (horizontal reversed), print on both sides of the paper (flip on short edge), orientation (landscape).
Contributor: Grace Liu
Resource Type(s): Research Guide
Information Literacy Frame(s) Addressed: Information Has ValueSearching as Strategic Exploration
Type of Institution: CollegeUniversity
License Assigned: CC Attribution-ShareAlike License CC-BY-SA
This assignment has students analyzing data presented in graphs, charts and infographics that are pre-selected by librarian and instructor based on how poorly the information is being presented through various outlets.
Contributor: Spencer Brayton
Resource Type(s): Activity
License Assigned: All Rights Reserved
Students in a political science course had to identify a local issue and find information to determine how the problem could be resolved. They were asked to identify local groups to work with, find federal, state, and local laws related to the issue, and use the information to develop their plan of action to resolve the problem. 
Contributor: Diane Fulkerson
Resource Type(s): ActivityWorksheet
Discipline(s): Political Science
Scope: Course-level
License Assigned: CC Attribution License CC-BY