Science Communication for Researchers
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
This course has six learning objectives:
1. Classify forms of science communication by indicating the elements that belong to the models on science, communication and science
communication that are taught in the course.
2. Creating science communication products that are applicable to new developments in or social issues related to science or technology.
3. Explain choices in target group / sender (or participants), content, style and tone with the science communication products that the student develops during the course.
4. Understanding the importance of societal engagement and participation in the development of science and technology.
5. Recognize and explain your own perspective on the role of science communication in the relationship between science and society.
6. Making connections between ideas and perspectives of different disciplines in the creation of a science communication product.
Scientific research and technological development have far-reaching impacts on society, especially if they comprise of highly innovative and
(potentially) controversial activities (e.g. synthetic biology, neuroscience, nanotechnology, smart cities,
reproductive technologies, etc.). How does society actually look at these research efforts and tech
developments? Societal visions have a major influence on the direction that scientific research and technology development take in the near future. That is why communication products and processes about and related to science and technology are crucial.
In this course you become familiar with a number of science communication models, concepts and theories, and you will learn to
recognise their application in practice. Through individual and group assignments you become familiar with the practical side of science
communication, varying from science journalism to facilitating societal dialogues about science and technology.
This is a part-time course of eight weeks (6 ECTS). The total study time is 160 hours. The different parts take the following time consuming:
Lectures 12 hours
Self study and exam 70 hours
Seminars 18 hours
Assignments 60 hours
TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment consists of:
- Group assignments (20%)
- Individual assignments (50%)
- Individual exam (30%)
All parts must be closed with a pass.
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