What will I learn in the minor?
The four compulsory papers provide a background to communication theory, an understanding of the societal context within which science and science communication operate, as well as a whole host of practical skills such as film making, hosting public events and creative nonfiction writing.
An additional elective paper allows you to pursue more specialised interests, from the philosophy of science, to journalistic writing, to public health promotions.
Details of the papers in the minor
Further study in Science Communication
Our department offers exciting opportunities for further study at Otago, with an extensive postgraduate degree programme. We teach creative thinkers how to use stories to communicate the science they are most passionate about.
To enable students to develop their skills and interests further through real-world experience in a workplace environment, we offer a popular internship paper with a range of professional partners.
Producing creative works
In addition to an academic thesis, our students produce creative works that go into the public domain – be it a film, podcast, book, website, exhibition or any other creative endeavour involving the communication of scientific information.
Our graduates are well-connected with industry professionals and leave equipped with an advanced job-ready skillset as well as a deep theoretical understanding of our field.
There are no prerequisites for enrolling in the minor. We welcome students interested in any aspect of science communication, whether that's creative writing, public speaking, film making, organising public events, engaging young people in science, informing government policy or anything else.
Take the minor alongside any major subject, and gain work-place ready skills that will place you a step ahead in any career.