- Code SCOM3032
- 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 History, Science, Science Communication
Modern science reaches way beyond laboratories and scholarly institutions. It is part of an integrated world where scientists routinely explain their work to non-scientists – to secure funding, or drive policy, or build a career. Scientists communicate beyond their scientific colleagues to promote innovations, to improve how we live, or secure justice. By communicating with the public, scientists affect how science is done, how it impacts our lives, and who gets to do it. Communicating creates a feedback loop between science and the world, conveying science to the public and affecting scientific practice.
This course is about the history of science communication and the ways in which talking to non-scientists about science has contributed to scientific endeavour and its impact on society. It traces developments in science communication from 19th century science showmen whose public demonstrations built scientists’ professional standing, through the use of communication to gain support for ‘big science’, like the space race in the 20th century, through to the need for scientists to communicate with influence to address serious challenges, such as climate change. On the way, the course traverses key questions, theories and critical moments in the global history of science, to explore topics including communicating science in the law and in public health, through pop culture and science fiction, and hijacking science communication, as in the case of the tobacco wars.
Course assessment emphasises reflection on the integral role of science communication in modern science and its global history, as well as developing science communication research skills.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Map the development of science communication through time, place and culture.
- Describe and evaluate competing influences shaping science communication.
- Identify and describe links between science communication and science practice.
- Apply a historical view of science communication institutions, ideologies and practices to reflect on scientific activity.
- Quizzes (10) [LO 1,2]
- Short assignment – Magazine article (30) [LO 2,3,4]
- Long assignment - Historical research paper requiring original research, analysis and development of an argument (60) [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 2x 1-hour lectures and tutorials per week.
- Approximately 106 hours of self-directed study which will include preparation for lectures, tutorials and other assessment tasks.
No specific inherent requirements have been identified for this course.
Requisite and Incompatibility
There are no prescribed texts. Links to all required readings will be provided through the Wattle site.
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|Last day to enrol
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|22 Jul 2024
|29 Jul 2024
|31 Aug 2024
|25 Oct 2024