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Politics of Information


Ratings, rankings and certifications have become a ubiquitous form of power in American society.  Through in-depth case studies, this course explores the validity, credibility and effectiveness of these hotly-contested "information-based governance" strategies (such as food sustainability certifications, corporate "green" rankings, or doctor quality ratings), particularly in the health and environmental fields.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies depth and breadth course requirement in the Social Science track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor.