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Certificate of Achievement
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This course interpreted why the media is so interested in reporting about food & nutrition, why the 'advice' changes so rapidly and the part we play in that, as readers. By exploring the hierarchy of scientific evidence, it has provided skills to judge whether to believe a headline. This course has highlighted internal biases and provided insight into agendas which influence how scientific evidence is presented.
3 weeks, 2 hours per week
Maarten van der Kamp
Director of Education
Post Doctoral Research Fellow
University of Reading
- Interpret why the media is so interested in reporting about food & nutrition, why the 'advice' changes so rapidly and the part we play in that, as readers.
- Explore the hierarchy of scientific evidence and judge for yourself whether you believe an example headline.
- Explore the biases you bring to what you read and gain a perspective into journalists' agendas which influence how they present scientific evidence.
- Identify how to find the original research, how to interpret scientific terms and make sense of statistics.
- Discuss where to obtain the information you can trust about food & nutrition and use tools that help identify unreliable studies.
• How to analyse a headline by understanding the biases that we, as readers, bring to our understanding of food and nutrition stories.
• Become familiar with the journalist’s perspective, the agenda behind the story and the hooks used to make readers interested.
• Discover how to find out about the original science the story is based on and understand how to interpret the results of the research.
• Learn about the regulations surrounding food and nutrition and where to find reliable sources of information.
• Understand the processes of publishing scientific articles
• Use tools that help identify unreliable sources of information.
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Issued on 12th October 2020
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