• Offered by Centre for the Public Awareness of Science
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Science Communication
  • Areas of interest Science Communication
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Merryn Bryant
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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Science and technology do not exist in isolation. They play a significant role in our lives and are often surrounded by ethical and moral issues that need to be addressed to encourage informed decision making. The multi-cultural society in which we live can strongly influence the way in which individuals view new scientific developments.   This course looks at science and how it is communicated in a cultural context, as well as debating the issue of who bears the responsibility when things go wrong. Modern and especially current issues in science are addressed in this course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Recognise the role culture plays in our understanding and evaluation of the benefits of science
2. Explain the techniques and ideas used by science communicators to enhance public awareness of science in the community
3. Discuss how science ethics are intimately linked to culture and society
4. Consider and analyse science in the context of your local community and society at large
5. Appraise how people judge science and its consequences in ways that are far from scientific or science-based
6. Investigate how other people think about science in society

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Participation in online dicussion forum (25%; LO 1, 2, 3, 5)
  • Five end of module assignments (5 x 10% each; LO 1, 2, 4)
  • Final report demonstrating critical engagement with the issues of the course (25%; LO 1, 5, 6)

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3480
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3860 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 Online N/A

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