University of Washington Could Offer a New Course in “BS”

A new course that could be offered at the University of Washington this spring is turning some heads - mostly for it's name, but also for the skills it teaches.

Critical thinking is one of the most valuable skills students can learn, but starting next quarter, the UW will offer a course on it but with a much-less academic name: Calling Bull...

"It's something you can use in any circumstance," said Dr. Jevin West. "You tend to find a lot of 'bs,'I don't know if we can call it the other version on camera, so we'll just call it bad science."

West and his colleague, Carl Bergstrom have been thinking about the course for years, but in this age, with so much information swirling around us. West works in the university's data lab and said the course will mainly revolve around numbers and how data can be manipulated.

"The ability to identify bs, sift through the bs, to be able to respond to bs," said Dr. West.

But, he said students will certainly be able to apply these lessons to their social media accounts, not only how to identify it, but how to call it out.

"Being careful not to attack people's character," said Dr. West. They hope to offer the course this upcoming spring quarter, but make it available to everyone.


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