- Code SCOM6029
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
All activities that form part of this course will be delivered remotely in Sem 2 2020.
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.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Critically reflect upon and analyse contemporary practices used to communicate science with culturally diverse groups of audiences;
- Describe, evaluate and respond to the problems and issues of culture in the broader discourses of public awareness of science;
- With reference to research literature, deconstruct and propose research-based, culturally appropriate alternatives to societal beliefs and attitudes that underpin the communication of scientific and technological advancements; and
- Construct effective and appropriate strategies for communicating science and technology issues with culturally diverse audiences.
- Reflective journal - an on-going description and critical self-analysis, with reference to the readings provided in the course, of each student's perspectives of modern scientific culture and perceived instances of communication conflict (20) [LO 1,2]
- Comparative essay - 2000-word, referenced, written work that evaluates constructively research outcomes of two cross-cultural science communication endeavours of the student's choice (25) [LO 2,4]
- Critical essay - 3500-word, referenced, written work that deconstructs a specific element of cross-cultural science communication by analysing and critiquing a popular cultural belief, value or expectation in a community identified by the student (35) [LO 1,2,3]
- Online forums - contributions to and curatorship of on-line discussion forums derived from current science communication research to develop strategies to address contemporary problems and issues of cross-cultural science communication (20) [LO 1,2,4]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the session including:
- Intensive face-to face component over 5 days Monday-Friday including lectures plus seminars.
- Approximately 95 hours of self-study which will include complementary readings, assignments and maintaining a reflective journal as part of the course.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsHarding, S. (Ed.) (2011). The Postcolonial Science and Technology Studies Reader. London: Duke University Press.
Preliminary ReadingStudents will be provided complementary readings during the course, including the following sources:
Bauer, M.W., Shukla, R. & Allum, N. (Eds.) (2012). The Culture of Science. London: Routledge.
Cunningham, L.S. & Reich, J.J. (Eds.) (2010). Readings for Culture and Values. Boston MA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
Jacob, M.C. (1988). The cultural meaning of the Scientific Revolution. NY: Alfred A. Knopf.
Marks, R.B. (2007). The Origins of the Modern World. Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc.
Gilbert, J.K. & Stocklmayer, S.M. (eds.) (2012). Communication and engagement with science and technology: Issues and dilemmas. London: Routledge.
Wierzbicka, A. (2013). Imprisoned in English: The Hazards of English as a Default Language. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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