Conspiracies: Past, Present, Always (HIS2112.01)

Eileen Scully

Conspiracy theories have a long and interesting history in American politics and culture. Indeed, some of today’s most interesting and diabolical conspiracy theories actually took hold in the era of the American Revolution. They have persisted across generations and centuries, periodically exploding into epidemic-level mass paranoia. Through select case studies, primary documents, cultural artifacts, films, and declassified dossiers, we will explore conspiracy theories as an enduring but not entirely benign phenomenon of everyday life in America. We will also explore the emerging use of social media, Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence to create and disseminate conspiracy theories. Weekly readings, discussion posts, small-group activities, and projects.

Prerequisites: None.
Credits: 4
M/Th 3:40-5:30
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years
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