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Social Work Practice in the Era of Fake News

  • U of M School of Social Work 1080 South University Avenue Ann Arbor, MI, 48109 United States (map)

Course Description:

The term "post-truth," the Oxford Dictionaries 2016 Word of the Year, reflects an era where everyone is a few clicks away from

information that supports any goal, belief, or outcome desired whether or not that information is factual. Evaluating information and recognizing "fake news" is a critical skill for everyone. For social workers, advocates, policy makers, and others responsible for human well-being, it's essential to find reliable data and other evidence to promote best practice and avoid the dangers of inaccurate information. Skill in locating and evaluating information can also help a practitioner work with clients and others who bring incorrect information into an interaction. This mini-course will address the following:

- Understanding the phenomenon of fake news in the information landscape

- Building strategies for spotting fake news

- Addressing best approaches to locate "real" news

- Learning how to fact-check data and statistics

- Ways in which information is organized, structured, and delivered to support the dominant social narratives in the U.S.

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CE Value (credits): 15
CE Type: Standard

University of Michigan School of SW

Contact Information:
Alia Wesala