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Study Science in Society at Otago

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Overview

The Science in Society endorsement prepares students for a spectrum of opportunities as professional science communicators. Science communicators present scientific content in a relevant context and promote public interactions with science. Science communicators also participate in advising and devising strategies to increase the use of scientific information and evidence in personal and policy decision making. Graduates have found work with a range of employers including museums, media centres, universities and government agencies. Other graduates run their own science communication businesses.

Science in Society is available as an endorsement for four postgraduate programmes in Science Communication:

SCOM students in the MAppSc and the MSciComm are expected to produce a creative science communication resource. Our students have produced teaching resources, ecotourism material, games, museum exhibitions and art installations. You will be encouraged to identify something you are passionate about and produce a creative output that meets a need.

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Contact details

Tel 479 7939
Email sciencecommunciation@otago.ac.nz
Websites
Science Communication
Applied Science programme

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Programme Requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Science Communication (PGDipSciComm) endorsed in Science in Society

Papers
  • SCOM 402 The Craft of Storytelling
  • SCOM 404 Science Communication Internship
  • SCOM 406 Science Exhibitions and Interpretation
  • SCOM 409 Introduction to Science Communication
  • SCOM 413 Digital Production for Science Communication
  • and one other 400-level paper

One other paper at 400-level may be substituted for one of the prescribed papers, with approval from the Director of the Centre for Science Communication.

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Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Science in Society

Papers
  • SCOM 402 The Craft of Storytelling
  • SCOM 404 Science Communication Internship
  • SCOM 406 Science Exhibitions and Interpretation
  • SCOM 409 Introduction to Science Communication
  • SCOM 413 Digital Production for Science Communication
  • two other 400-level papers
  • APPS 597 (e.g. production of exhibition or multimedia project)

Notes:
This programme requires three semesters of study.
With approval, SCOM 5A may replace APPS 597 and one 400-level paper.
One other paper at 400-level may be substituted for one of the prescribed papers, with approval from the Director of the Centre for Science Communication.

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Master of Science Communication (MSciComm) endorsed in Science in Society

PapersPoints

SCOM 402  The Craft of Storytelling

SCOM 404  Science Communication Internship

SCOM 406  Science Exhibitions and Interpretation

SCOM 409  Introduction to Science Communication

SCOM 413  Digital Production for Science Communication

One other 400-level paper

(One other paper at 400-level may be substituted for one of the prescribed papers, with approval from the Director of the Centre for Science Communication).

Thesis: SCOM 5A (60 points) and SCOM 5B (60 points)

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