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100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit is asynchronous delivery, with NO requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
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No attendance or regular contact is required, and all study requirements are completed either via correspondence and/or online submission.
Regular attendance is not required, but student attends the institution face to face on an agreed schedule for purposes of supervision and/or instruction.
Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.
SCOM3325 Science Communication as an Academic Discipline
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Face to face Semester 1 Online Online timetabled
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 3 elective
- Recent geopolitical events have highlighted the complex relationship between scientific knowledge and social, political, and economic structures. Where does science communication fit in a post-truth world? In this unit, we will examine the contribution of a range of theoretical approaches to science communication scholarship to answer this question, including Public Understanding of Science, Science and Technology Studies, and Social Studies of Science and Society. We will also look at the contribution of other theories, such as Feminism and Post-Colonialism, to our current understanding of the relationship between science and society. We will examine the shifts in the discipline towards dialogue and public participation to enhance public engagement with science and technology. Students will participate in masterclasses with leading researchers in the field, and work together to prepare a series of Q&A-style forums.
- Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of key theories and concepts in science communication; (2) apply key theories and concepts to the construction of arguments about controversial issues in science communication; and (3) reflect on their ethical responsibilities as learners and future science communicators.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) blog posts; (2) essay; and (3) group presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.
For units commencing in May 2022 or later the availability of the supplementary assessment is subject to confirmation.Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Except where supplementary assessment is not available in a unit, it will be offered to students in all units who:
- Are in good academic standing overall;
- Have passed over half the units taken in the teaching period concerned, except where they are only enrolled in two or less units in the period;
- Have submitted all assessment items in the unit;
- Have achieved a mark between 45 and 49 for the unit overall, or the same mark in any failed component item in the unit; and
- No finding of academic misconduct has been made against them in the unit concerned.
Additionally student may apply for supplementary assessment in any unit which is the final unit required for graduation in there course and where they have achieved a mark between 45 and 49 for the unit overall, or the same mark in any failed component item in the unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Heather Bray
- Unit rules
- Successful completion of level 2 Unit(s) COMM2xxx or level 2 Unit(s) SCOM2xxx
- Advisable prior study:
- SCOM1101 Communicating Science; SCOM2208 Science Writing; SCOM2205 Science Presentations; SCIE2205 or SCIE2206
- Unit(s) SCOM5311 Science Communication as an Academic Discipline
- Contact hours
- 3 x 15 minute online lectures per week; 1 x 2 hour workshop per week
- 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.
- Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.