Are you one of the 40 million people that watched Shark Week on the Discovery Channel last year? Educational programming like this both informs and entertains, which has helped shift attitudes about sharks from the 1960s “kill the man-eater” to the current focus on shark conservation, and entertains, but can also propagate shark myths with sensationalized programming. In this class, we will examine topics in shark and marine science, conservation, and science communication through the lens of Shark Week. Students will use these examples to critically evaluate scientific media and literature and learn how science can be communicated to different audiences.
- Teacher: Katherine McClellan