- Code SCOM8014
- 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 is offered in two modes: online and in person. Please select the correct class number when enrolling for the relevant mode of delivery.
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.
The course is compulsory for students in the Master of Science Communication and Master of Science Communication Outreach programs, but postgraduates in other disciplines, particularly in the sciences, can also benefit from its overview of the current science communication landscape.
The course will be run as a combination of online content, face-to-face or online classes and an intensive component on-campus.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Research and critically evaluate published papers on science communication history, theory and practice.
- Critically 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.
- Oral exam on science communication history and theory (20) [LO 1,2,4]
- Journal article review assignment, written and oral presentations (20) [LO 1,4]
- Research essay (40) [LO 2,4]
- Regular short writings on science communication topics (20) [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.
- 1 x 2-3 hour online seminar per week.
- Approximately 106 hours of self-study which will including online lecture and reading material plus preparation for other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsGilbert JK & Stocklmayer S. (2013) Communication and Engagement with Science and Technology: Issues and Dilemmas: A Reader in Science Communication. Routledge.
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