- Code SCOM4014
- 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
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Research and evaluate published papers on science communication history, theory and practice
- Analyse examples of science communication practice in light of theory and best practice literature
- Synthesize relevant research in science communication and relevant disciplines and apply to practice
- Critically evaluate the communication context of scientific issues and apply that evaluation to communication practice
- Weekly writings (20) [LO 1,2]
- Science communication artifact (30) [LO 3,4]
- Research essay (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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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.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Gilbert JK & Stocklmayer S. (2013) Communication and Engagement with Science and Technology: Issues and Dilemmas: A Reader in Science Communication. Routledge.
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