SCOM5703 Science and the Media

6 points
Not available in 2018UWA (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.
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