• 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
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Sujatha Raman
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Winter Session 2024
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  • STEM Course

In 2024, the intensive face-to-face component of this course will be delivered 9-13 Sep.

This course will prepare you to communicate scientific issues in light of increasingly important considerations of inclusion, equity and diversity. It will increase your understanding of why these social concerns matter for science and technological applications, particularly in relation to global aspirations for Sustainable Development. The course will provide the foundations for recognising and engaging between different cultural lenses, both within science, and between science and other knowledge-systems. Building on themes and concepts from the course, you will reflect on the implications for doing science and for using science to inform publics, journalists, governments, industry, professional bodies or scientists in disciplines other than your own.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the relevance of inclusion, equity and diversity issues for communicating science in public contexts;
  2. Analyse key concepts, themes and empirical examples illustrating cultural differences in doing and using science;
  3. Apply the broader insights to communicate a concrete case of scientific or technological endeavour to a public audience in a cross-culturally informed way;
  4. Develop a research proposal to investigate a cross-cultural approach to a case study of science communication, and report on findings.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Reflective summary (5) [LO 1,2]
  2. Blog post (20) [LO 3]
  3. Mock stakeholder project proposal (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Mock stakeholder project report (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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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-directed study which will include complementary readings, assignments and maintaining a reflective journal as part of the course.

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 SCOM6029.

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed text required.

Preliminary Reading

Students will be provided readings from a range of sources throughout the course via the wattle site.

Assumed Knowledge

SCOM1001 and SCOM1002


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

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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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
6450 09 Sep 2024 09 Sep 2024 20 Sep 2024 05 Nov 2024 In Person N/A

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