Conspiracism in Public Health

Affiliation

Name: Ajay Sethi
SCID: School of Medicine & Public Health
Department: Population Health Sciences
Course Name: Conspiracism in Public HealthCourse Objectives:
CO1: Describe the origins of popular conspiracy theories related to public health interventions
CO2: Examine the psychological and psychosocial basis of conspiracy theory adoption and perpetuation.
CO3: Implement techniques to change individual and public opinion and behaviors related to public health and medical interventions.Course Units:
CU1: The people who adopt conspiracies
CU2: Achievements in public health
CU3: Unintended consequences
CU4: Historical and contemporary conspiracies
CU5: Causes of conspiracy thinking
CU6: Sources of evidence
CU7: Communication of risk
CU8: Changing individual and public opinion

Unit Objectives:
UNIT TITLE: The people who adopt conspiracies (CU1)
UO1: Complete a popular online quiz and self-reflect on the results
UO2: Understand the pervasiveness of conspiracy thinking in society
UO3: Recognize oneself as being fully capable of adopting a conspiracy

Activity One

Activity:
Description: “Do you live in a bubble” quiz.
Modality: Online
Activity Sequence: Pre-podcast
Required Knowledge: None
Time on Task: 5 minutes
Objectives Supported: U01
Horton Type: Connect
Bloom’s Level: Evaluate
Evidence: Discussion of the quiz results in Activity 5.
Pedagogical Role: This activity was selected to stimulate thinking and self-reflection
Social Role: Students will have an opportunity to share their scores on an online discussion board
Managerial Role: I will instruct students what they have just completed, and provide instructions on what will come next.
Technical Role: NA

Activity Two

Activity:
Description: Reading/viewing pre-podcast articles/media
Modality: Online
Activity Sequence: Pre-podcast
Required Knowledg: None
Time on Task: 1 hour
Objectives Supported: U02
Horton Type: Absorb
Bloom’s Level: Understand
Evidence: Post-unit self-assessment quiz; Content from the readings will included in a formative assessment (Exam 1)
Pedagogical Role: Readings were selected to teach students how pervasive conspiracism is in society.
Social Role: NA
Managerial Role: I will instruct students what they have just completed, and provide instructions on what will come next.
Technical Role: NA

Activity Three

Activity:
Description:Listen to podcast: “Conspiracism in Public Health”
Modality: Online
Activity Sequence: Podcast
Required Knowledge: Completed required reading/viewing background articles/media
Time on Task: 45 minutes
Objectives Supported: U01, U02, U03
Horton Type: Absorb
Bloom’s Level: Understand
Evidence: Self-assessment quiz
Pedagogical Role: The podcast will highlight the main take-home points in the readings and preview what will be covered in the course.
Social Role: Students will be directed to the online discussion boards to share ideas with one another.
Managerial Role: I will instruct students what they have just completed, and provide instructions on what will come next.
Technical Role: I will direct students to a list of resources on Canvas for help during the semester.

Activity Four

Activity:
Description: Self-assessment quiz
Modality: Online
Activity Sequence: Post-podcast
Required Knowledge: Completed reading and listened to podcast
Time on Task: 5 minutes
Objectives Supported: U02
Horton Type: Do
Bloom’s Level: Apply
Evidence: Answering the questions correctly
Pedagogical Role: I will provide the correct answers and explanations to students
Social Role: None
Managerial Role: I will instruct students what they have just completed, and provide instructions on what will come next.
Technical Role: NA

Activity Five

Activity:
Description:Self-reflection essay: “Do you agree or disagree with the results of the ‘Do you live in a Bubble’ quiz?”
Modality: Independent
Activity Sequence: Post-podcast
Required Knowledge: Completed “Do you live in a bubble” quiz.
Time on Task: 1-2 hours
Objectives Supported: U01, U03
Horton Type: Connect
Bloom’s Level: Apply
Evidence: I will grade the essays
Pedagogical Role: I will provide a grade and feedback to students
Social Role: Students will be told about …
Managerial Role: I will recap for students what they have completed in the unit, and provide instructions on what will come ahead.
Technical Role: I will provide instructions on how to submit the assignment online.

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