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SCOM209 Communicating Science - an Introduction

An introduction to science communication theory and practice, including non-fiction writing and filmmaking.

Learn how to communicate science to a non-specialist audience, from writing a biography to making a film. Science is an integral part of society; so how do we communicate it to a non-specialist audience? In this paper, we cover the basics of science communication, both theory and practice. We'll introduce you to the theory of how and why we communicate science before turning to some practical know-how. Working with the University's Centre for Science Communication (one of the largest such graduate teaching centres in the world), we'll cover a range of practical skills, from creative non-fiction writing to podcasting, culminating in you making your own short film.

Paper title Communicating Science - an Introduction
Paper code SCOM209
Subject Science Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
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Prerequisite
54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Eligibility
Enrolments for this paper are limited, and it requires departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.
Contact
fabien.medvecky@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Fabien Medvecky
Ross Johnstone
Steve Ting
Paper Structure
Seminars and workshops
Teaching Arrangements
Textbooks
Selected papers are made available online through Blackboard.
Course outline
A course outline will be on Blackboard the week prior to commencement of teaching.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Self-motivated.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this paper you should:
  • Be familiar with the current issues in science communication
  • Understand key current trends and movements in science communication
  • Be able to strategise different science communication techniques as needed
  • Develop skills in presenting engaging written science information
  • Develop skills in presenting science in a video format
  • Develop skills in presenting science in various digital formats
  • Develop oral communication skills

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 14:00-16:50 9, 11-13, 16-17, 19, 22

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 14:00-16:50 10
AND
B1 Monday 14:00-16:50 15, 18, 20-21