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Making Knowledge Public: How Research Makes Its Way into Society PUB 611 (4)

Making Knowledge Public 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. The course asks questions such as: how does research shape public policy? how is the public involved in science? and, how is research taken up by the public? The course is premised on the belief that, in today’s climate, it is more important than ever for universities, researchers, and scholars to assert themselves in the public sphere in more purposeful ways. Students will have the opportunity to explore academic publishing and the importance this segment of the publishing industry plays in our society.