VIC170Y1: Introduction to Probability, Persuasion and the Rhetoric of Science

Hours: 
48S

How rhetoric and statistical analysis are used to communicate scientific observations and theories to different audiences will be examined in lectures and seminars. Uncertainty, belief, evidence, risk assessment, random error and bias will be discussed using examples drawn from literature, the arts and the physical, life and social sciences. Students will prepare a research grant application on a scientific topic of their own choice. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.  In this course an additional fee of up to $50 may be charged for activities outside of the classroom (e.g., field trips). Such fees will be confirmed in the course syllabus.

Prerequisite: 

Admission to Vic One

Corequisite: 

VIC171Y1 and 1.0 FCE selected from first-year course offerings in the sciences (0.5 FCE must be a BIO course)

Exclusion: 

Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.

Distribution Requirements: 
Humanities
Social Science
Breadth Requirements: 
Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)