SCOM5703 Science and the Media
- 6 points
|Not available in 2018||UWA (Perth)||Face to face|
- How is science covered (or not) in the media? Students examine how science is reported on the radio, television, in the movies and on the web. They interview a research scientist and create electronic media resources. In this unit, students develop an evidence based argument and participate in a class blog. They create a podcast and a digital video.
- Students are able to (1) have a greater understanding of constraints and factors that affect coverage of science in the media; (2) have an awareness of how science and science related issues are handled in different sections of the media; (3) have an improved understanding of rhetoric and an ability to construct a convincing argument; (4) enhance skill in interviewing research scientists; (5) develop verbal communication skills; (6) improved IT skills and the ability to create electronic resources that could be published on the web; and (7) have reflected on their learning.
- Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) podcast of a scientific topic or concept; (2) website creation on a science related issue; (3) digital movie—profiling an active researcher for broadcast online; (4) research essay; and (5) reflection. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Ann Grand
- Contact hours
- lectures/Practical Classes/practicals: 3 hours per week
- This is a core unit for students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Science Communication. It is also a recommended elective for the Graduate Certificate in Science Communication, the Master of Science Communication, and the Master of Science Communication and Education.
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.