Nothing is as it seems – conspiracy theories and source criticism

Did we really land on the moon?
Did the Holocaust actually take place?
What are conspiracy theories?
How can we recognise them?

The idea that the world is not what it claims to be, but that a group of people secretly control what happens in the world, is called conspiracy thinking.

Conspiracy thinking throughout world history has had catastrophic consequences, such as ethnic cleansing and genocide.

Social media has made it easier than ever to spread conspiracy theories. In order to evaluate which information is reliable, you need skills in source criticism.

This educational programme makes use of film, websites and group activities in order to show pupils what characterises conspiracy theories, and how we can identify them.

The aim is to give pupils source criticism tools that will make them better equipped to meet the digital world, where fake news and conspiracy theories thrive.