- Code SCOM6027
- 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 Policy Studies, Political Communication, Science, Science Communication
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Will Grant
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
- Co-taught Course
First Semester 2023
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This course is offered in two modes: online and in person. Please select the correct class number for the relevant mode of delivery when enrolling.
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.
Note: This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Locate, assess and critically synthesise literature and other evidence relevant to political debate and policy formation, drawing on a variety of relevant sources.
- Identify and critically describe the key stakeholders, decision makers, interests and policy levers in relevant political debate.
- Compose contextualised strategic campaigns for change, validating your approach by incorporating relevant scientific and other sources of evidence.
- Design tactical resources for convincing key stakeholders and enacting change.
- Problem pitch (10) [LO 1,2]
- Evidence analysis (20) [LO 1]
- Stakeholder and policy lever analysis (20) [LO 2]
- Campaign plan, drawing on previous evidence and stakeholder and policy lever analysis (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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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. Students participating online will be able to join activities remotely via Zoom or Skype.
- 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.
No specific inherent requirements have been identified for this course.
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