Respond to the following:
After reviewing the document “Public Attitudes to Science 2014 Topline Results” (https://www.ipsos.com/sites/default/files/migrations/en-uk/files/Assets/Docs/Polls/pas-2014-topline.pdf) , what conclusions do you make about public attitudes to science and social science? Support with evidence from the document.
Pick one of the following topics and demonstrate your ability to communicate in a variety of styles depending on your audience. For this discussion you do not need to provide an in-depth argument – I’m more interested in how you communicate than what you communicate – but you do need to support with facts and provide citations as appropriate. A quick Internet search should provide you with a few talking points that you need to support your position.
In support of climate change and the need to further regulate vehicle emissions
In support of animal research and the need to continue federal funding in order to find a cure for cancer
In support of vaccinations and the need to expand free vaccination programs around the world
Against the digital divide and in support of free Internet access for everyone
In support of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) to reduce world hunger
3. Policy makers are trying to decide where to allocate money for the upcoming year. Create a written mini-presentation on your topic for policy makers (2-3 paragraphs) where you try to convince them to enact policies that support your position.
4. Your cranky great-uncle Charlie is on the fence regarding the topic you’ve chosen. Create a written mini-presentation (2-3 paragraphs) where you try to convince him to come over to your side. Remember, you are a social scientist! Don’t appeal to Uncle Charlie’s emotions; instead, present evidence!
5. For each of your presentations, what do you think would be the best way to deliver your message (e.g. orally, in writing, by phone, etc.) and why?
6. Describe how your two presentations differ from one another and how they were the same. What factors did you have to consider in writing each one?
“talking” social science discussion topic