• Class Number 6691
  • Term Code 3050
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Sujatha Raman
    • Sujatha Raman
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 14/09/2020
  • Class End Date 20/10/2020
  • Census Date 25/09/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 15/09/2020
SELT Survey Results

This course will prepare you to communicate science across cultural boundaries. It will increase your understanding about issues and effective strategies of communicating science and technology with culturally diverse audiences. You will explore how values, beliefs and expectations differentiate science from other knowledge systems, and examine the Eurocentric privileging of modern science and its communication, which are integral parts of Western culture. In doing so, you will look closely at communities that are alienated from science, with particular reference to current science communication research.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Reflect critically upon contemporary practices used to communicate science with culturally diverse groups of audiences;
  2. Research and describe the problems and issues of culture in the broader discourses of public awareness of science;
  3. Identify and analyse popular cultural beliefs and attitudes that underpin the communication of scientific and technological advancements; and
  4. Propose effective and appropriate approaches to communicating science and technology issues to culturally diverse audiences.

Research-Led Teaching

The course content is structured in terms of key themes from research literature in the field of social and cultural studies of science and technology, including examples of research conducted by the course convener/lecturer. Students will have an opportunity to reflect on, extend and critique research insights, and apply insights to examples of cross-cultural science and technology communication. Finally, students will apply core themes and insights to define and propose a concrete problem for cross-cultural engagement around science/technology issues, and translate their learning in the form of a 'mock' report for a key stakeholder (e.g., a scientific community, government body, industry body, professional association). This will give them experience of the research process.

Field Trips

We will watch some of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) Global Week of Dialogue Event on Science Advice and COVID-19 that runs during the same week as our course. Please register at the link provided on this website (registration is free). https://www.ingsa.org/covid/sept20-covid/asia-oceania-program/

Note: If possible, please watch the keynote address taking place the week before, i.e., on 9 Sept 2020. The registration link is on the same link.

Additional Course Costs


Examination Material or equipment


Required Resources

Links to readings available through ANU library and associated online materials will be placed on Wattle

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class and in group discussions

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction & Conceptual foundations in cross-cultural sci comm Day 1. Combined lecture + small group and plenary discussion on Zoom due to COVID; Assessments 1, 2, 3, 4
2 Community Priorities and Scientific Visions Day 1. Combined lecture + small group and plenary discussion on Zoom due to COVID; Assessments 1, 2, 3, 4
3 Cultures of Non-knowledge and Controversy Day 2. Combined lecture + small group and plenary discussion on Zoom due to COVID; Assessments 1, 2, 3, 4
4 Lessons from Cross-Cultural Non-Communication in Science History Day 2. Combined lecture + small group and plenary discussion on Zoom due to COVID; Assessments 1, 2, 3, 4
5 Indigenous knowledges and Western science Day 3. Combined lecture + small group and plenary discussion on Zoom due to COVID; Assessments 2, 3, 4
6 Science and Technology for Global Challenges Day 3. Combined lecture + small group and plenary discussion on Zoom due to COVID; Assessments 2, 3, 4
7 The Promise of Collaboration and Co-design Day 4. Combined lecture + small group and plenary discussion on Zoom due to COVID; Assessments 2, 3, 4
8 Cross-cultural sci comm Case Project: Problem definition and structuring Day 4. Group work and feedback in plenary on Zoom due to COVID; Assessment 3
9 Cross-cultural sci comm Case Project: Analysis and reporting Day 5. Group work and feedback in plenary on Zoom due to COVID; Assessment 4

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Reflective Summary 5 % 16/09/2020 1
Blogpost 20 % 23/09/2020 3
Mock Stakeholder Project Proposal 25 % 01/10/2020 2, 4
Mock Stakeholder Project Report 50 % 11/11/2020 2, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 16/09/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1

Reflective Summary

200-300 word summary of key insight/insights gained from course content to date for communicating science.

It is expected that marked assignments will be returned to students within 2 weeks of submission.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 23/09/2020
Learning Outcomes: 3


600-700 word blogpost-style piece, drawing on selected readings from the course to develop a compelling argument on why a specific course theme (chosen by the student from what we cover) is important for improved cross-cultural communication around science and technology.

It is expected that marked assignments will be returned to students within 2 weeks of submission.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 01/10/2020
Learning Outcomes: 2, 4

Mock Stakeholder Project Proposal

1000 word piece engaging with relevant academic and online sources to define a problem that calls for a cross-cultural approach to science and technology communication, explain the significance of the problem and your approach, and describe how you will go about addressing it.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 11/11/2020
Learning Outcomes: 2, 4

Mock Stakeholder Project Report

3000 word piece reporting on the project you proposed in Assessment 3, drawing on course materials and other relevant sources to explain the problem and elaborating specific insights and approaches to sci comm communication from a cross-cultural perspective.

It is expected that marked assignments will be returned to students within 2 weeks of submission.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned via Wattle

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments


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If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Sujatha Raman

Research Interests

Science, public engagement and public policy; Sustainability; Responsible innovation; Science for global challenges in the public good; Climate change and Energy Transitions; Antimicrobial resistance

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