• Offered by Centre for the Public Awareness of Science
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Science Communication
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Political Communication, Science, Science Communication
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Will Grant
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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In 2023, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.

The interface between evidence and political decision making is of fundamental importance to modern society. Yet while our techniques of enquiry have allowed us to learn ever more about the world - and our collective ability to enact change has become ever more powerful - the relationship between evidence and action has never been entirely smooth. Indeed, things may even be getting worse. This course traces the dynamics, contours and fractures of the interface between science and politics. Topics covered include: uses of science in political decision making; differing attitudes to scientific advice and the values underpinning them; ways of countering hostility to science; the role of new technology in changing the dynamics of the relationship between science and politics.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Locate, assess and synthesise literature and other evidence relevant to political debate and policy formation, drawing on a variety of relevant sources.
  2. Identify and describe the key stakeholders, decision makers, interests and policy levers in relevant political debate.
  3. Compose contextualised strategic campaigns for change, drawing on relevant scientific and other sources of evidence.
  4. Design tactical resources for convincing key stakeholders and enacting change.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Problem pitch (10) [LO 1,2]
  2. Evidence analysis (20) [LO 1]
  3. Stakeholder and policy lever analysis (20) [LO 2]
  4. Campaign plan, drawing on previous evidence and stakeholder and policy lever analysis (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

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

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 2 hour seminar
  • Approximately 2 hours spent in the online discussion forum per week.
  • Approximately 82 hours of self-directed study which will include preparation for the seminars and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

No specific inherent requirements have been identified for this course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 18 units of 2000 level courses, or have permission from the convenor. Incompatible with SCOM6027.

Prescribed Texts

None

Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4360 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person N/A

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