The theory and practice of making science public, including participatory science, outreach and public engagement events.
Learn how to bring science and the public together, from museum exhibits to participatory
and citizen science. Science communication is about bringing scientific knowledge
to the public, but it's also about bringing the public's knowledge, concerns and interest
to science. So how do we include the larger society into our science? And how do give
the broader public a voice in scientific matters?
In this paper, we focus on the participatory and public aspects of science communication, both in theory and practice. We'll look at the relationship between science and society and gain some practical know-how for strengthening that relationship. Working with the University's Centre for Science Communication (one of the largest such graduate teaching centres in the world), we'll take you through the various ways science can be made public, culminating in the class running a public science-engagement event.
|Paper title||Science and the Public|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- 54 200-level points
- Recommended Preparation
- SCOM 209
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
- Teaching staff
- Dr Fabien Medvecky
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural
understanding, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Selected papers are made available online through Blackboard.
- Paper Structure
- Seminars and workshops
- Learning Outcomes
- 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
- Develop skills in engaging the public with science information in a number of formats
- Develop skills in presenting science in a public event
- Develop skills to engage the public to participate in science
- Develop oral communication skills
- Course outline
- A course outline will be on Blackboard the week prior to commencement of teaching.