SCOM5302 Contemporary Issues in Science Communication

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Students develop a deeper understanding of the discipline of science communication. They show an advanced understanding of theoretical concepts. Students are able to construct arguments and share their professional opinions with regards to discipline specific issues.

This unit contains intensively taught components.
Students are able to (1) understand theories underlying science communication and (2) construct arguments and opinions regarding controversial issues in science communication.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) pre-readings—students are assigned advanced material that they need to read and respond to; (2) debate - students debate controversial topics in the field; and (3) workshop—students prepare a workshop for their peers on a science communication topic of their choice. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Heather Bray & Dr Sam Illingworth
Contact hours
as arranged with unit coordinator
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