• Offered by Centre for the Public Awareness of Science
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Science Communication
  • Areas of interest Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Political Communication, Science Communication, Sustainability Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2024
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  • STEM Course

In 2024, the intensive component of this course will be delivered 1 - 5 July.

The contribution of scientific research to policy making is needed now more than ever in order to help governments improve the lives of citizens and navigate a wide array of pressing sustainability issues, from energy transitions to food security. Yet, forging successful relationships between science and policy is not easy. This course will offer students the theory and practical knowledge to think about and operate more effectively at the science-policy interface. It will introduce students to current research from the fields of knowledge exchange and research impact, as well as develop practical strategies for enhancing tangible impacts from scientific research. The course will allow students to develop skills in synthesising scientific knowledge focusing on contemporary sustainability issues and producing engagement outputs for a policy audience.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Recognise and adopt key principles underpinning successful knowledge exchange between scientific and policy communities;
  2. Synthesise scientific knowledge on contemporary sustainability issues to produce a range of engagement aides or products for a policy audience;
  3. Describe current challenges at the science-policy interface and assess strategies to overcome them;  
  4. Devise practical strategies to enhance the uptake and use of scientific research in specific domains of policy. 

Indicative Assessment

  1. Oral presentation (10) [LO 1,2]
  2. Policy brief (up to 1000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,4]
  3. Infographic (10) [LO 1,2]
  4. Evidence strategy addressing a policy challenge (up to 3000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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

  • The face-to-face component will be delivered in intensive mode over one week, Monday-Friday (9am -5pm - total 35 hours). Students participating online will be able to join activities via Zoom.
  • Approximately 95 hours of self-directed study which will include pre-reading before and assessments to be submitted after the intensive week.

Inherent Requirements

No specific inherent requirements have been identified for this courses.

Prescribed Texts

Not required


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:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6600 17 Jun 2024 01 Jul 2024 05 Jul 2024 30 Aug 2024 In Person View
6601 17 Jun 2024 01 Jul 2024 05 Jul 2024 30 Aug 2024 Online View

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