• Offered by Centre for the Public Awareness of Science
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Science Communication
  • Areas of interest Science Communication
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Joan Leach
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This course introduces students to the history, theory and practice of science communication at an advanced level. It covers contemporary competing theories 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Research and evaluate published papers on science communication history, theory and practice
  2. Analyse examples of science communication practice in light of theory and best practice literature
  3. Synthesize relevant research in science communication and relevant disciplines and apply to practice
  4. Critically evaluate the communication context of scientific issues and apply that evaluation to communication practice

Indicative Assessment

  1. Weekly writings (20) [LO 1,2]
  2. Science communication artifact (30) [LO 3,4]
  3. Research essay (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 2-3 hour seminar per week.
  • Approximately 106 hours of self-study which will including online lecture and reading material plus preparation for seminars and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with SCOM8014

Prescribed Texts

Gilbert JK & Stocklmayer S. (2013) Communication and Engagement with Science and Technology: Issues and Dilemmas: A Reader in Science Communication. Routledge.


Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
2
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3932 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A

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