Science Communication

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Science Communication

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Chemistry, Communication, Physics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    60 200-level points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course covers theoretical and practical aspects of science communication. In the theoretical strand, students learn about the purpose of and the different audiences for science communication, and assess and evaluate different forms with emphasis on the written. The practical strand develops student skills through exercises involving communicating to different audiences using different media. 

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:

    • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the international and New Zealand science system, the nature of scientific research, and the history, theory, practice and challenges of effective science communication.
    • Critically examine different pieces of science communication against the purpose of the communication and the audience it was intended for.
    • Apply knowledge and skills gained on the course to the preparation of wellstructured and clearly communicated pieces of science communication.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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