PUB 411: Making Knowledge Public: How Research Makes Its Way Into Society

Designed to spark conversations and engage students from across the university, the course explores the changing role of research, knowledge-making, and truth in the public sphere. 

Taking place in person and online on Tuesdays and Thursdays (SFU Vancouver), this 4-credit course is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. It builds on the success of the 2018 President’s Dream Colloquium on Making Knowledge Public, covering topics like fake news, public policy, science communication, and public scholarship. It explores how knowledge produced at universities makes its way into society, the public value of this knowledge, and the diminishing attention given to this public mission

Instructor: Juan Pablo Alperin


Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays 

Campus: Vancouver (HCC 3122)

Prerequisites: Undergraduate students must have completed a minimum of 75 credits. Also open to graduate students from across the university (contact course instructor for registration details). Space is limited.

Questions? Email Dr. Alperin at