- Class Number 4777
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery Online
- Prof Joan Leach
- Prof Joan Leach
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
This course introduces students to the history, theory and practice of science communication at an advanced level. It covers contemporary competing theories of what constitutes 'best practice' in science communication, the historical roots of the discipline, fundamental practical skills for communicating science with the public, and a deep understanding of science communication professional practice. It provides a solid foundation for further studies in science communication, touching on multiple communication mediums, considerations of different aims and audiences, and some specifics of communicating particular kinds of scientific information. Students will develop foundational science communication research skills in this course.
The course is compulsory for students in the Master of Science Communication and Master of Science Communication Outreach programs, but postgraduates in other disciplines, particularly in the sciences, can also benefit from its overview of the current science communication landscape.
The course will be run as a combination of online content, face-to-face or online classes and an intensive component on-campus.
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:
- Research and critically evaluate published papers on science communication history, theory and practice.
- Critically analyse examples of science communication practice in light of theory and best practice literature.
- Interpret published scientific knowledge and effectively translate it into multiple mediums for diverse non-scientific audiences.
- Critically evaluate the communication context of scientific issues and apply that evaluation to communication practice.
- Use social science research methods to research contemporary science communication professional practice
This course is designed to introduce postgraduate students to research in science communication. This includes understanding the possible orientations of science communication research, the aims of science communication research, and the methods used across different science communication orientations. Weeks 9 and 10 include journal review activities that discuss the research front in science communication. The Golem project asks students to do independent research (guided by the lecturer) and write for a research audience.
Required readings are listed on Wattle and available online through ANU Library and other sources.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Week 1 Introduction to course and Introduction to Science Communication as a field of research and practice||Reading list will be posted to Wattle. There are readings for each week of the semester and weekly writings.|
|2||Week 3 CANBERRA DAY HOLIDAY||As our class meeting will not happen due to the holiday, there will be a series of activities for you to complete this week.|
|4||Weeks 4-6 Bêtes Noires of Science Communication: Public, Deficit Model, Education vs Entertainment, Role of Scientists vs Mediators, Public Good vs Advocacy in Science Communication||There is a list of readings for weeks 4-6 that discuss the central debates in science communication. Our seminar time will be a series of activities that deepen understanding of these debates. There are also weekly writings.|
|5||Autumn Break||ONLINE QUIZ: The return date for the Autumn Break is 23 April (Tuesday). Again, we will miss another meeting at the end of the break. The online quiz will be during the week we return from autumn break (just after Easter)|
|6||Weeks 7-8 The Golem Project|
|7||Weeks 9-10 Methods in Science Communication||Journal review|
|8||Final Week Reconciliation Day Holiday||Joan will be available for additional consultation this week to discuss the Golem Project. Again, our class meeting time is interrupted by another Monday holiday!|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|ONLINE QUIZ on science communication history and theory||20 %||23/04/2019||06/05/2019||1,2,4|
|Weekly Writings||30 %||25/02/2019||05/04/2019||1,2,3,4,5|
|Journal Review||10 %||13/05/2019||27/05/2019||1,2,5|
|Journal Review (part 2)||10 %||20/05/2019||27/05/2019||1,2,5|
|The Golem Project||30 %||11/06/2019||20/06/2019||1,2,3,4,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4
ONLINE QUIZ on science communication history and theory
This quiz will assess student understanding of the material and readings from weeks 1-6.
The quiz will be due the week of the 22nd April.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Weeks 1-6 have associated writing tasks. These writings are aprox. 500 words long (+ or - 10%) and will respond to a prompt posted on wattle. Your weekly writings will be peer assessed as well as assessed by the course lecturer.
Writing 1 will be worth 0% but will get an indicative mark so students can track their progress.
Writing 2 is worth 5%
Writing 3 is worth 10%
Writing 4 is worth 5%
Writing 5 is worth 5%
Writing 6 is worth 5%
The date range for these tasks indicates the approximate due date for the first task, and the approximate return date for the last task. There are 6 tasks due in weekes 1-6. It is intended that the marked tasks will be returned the week following submission. Further details can be found on the Course Wattle site.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5
This t?ask requires the critical evaluation of 3 articles from a science communication journal (these will be reviewed in class ahead of the task). This assessment will happen in weeks 9 and 10.
Written task due: 2019-05-13
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5
Journal Review (part 2)
Please refer to Journal Review (part 1)
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
The Golem Project
This research and writing task requires writing a science communication chapter for _The Golem_ series. The chapter is 4000 words and introduces an episode and theoretical concept or framing of science communication.
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Science Communication, Rhetoric of Science, Public engagement with Science, Social Epistemology
Prof Joan Leach