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Unit Overview


This unit will provide students with a thorough introduction to science and technology policy studies. Following this introduction, this unit will provide students with basic training in a range of media through which to both develop science and technology policy, and communicate it with policy makers. This will include critiquing government white papers, participating in round-table discussions, and preparing policy reports on topics that are of specific interest and relevance to both the students and the wider society. In taking this unit, students will gain a foundation in both the tools and the language of policy formulation and analysis, helping to equip them for a range of careers, including in public-sector and charitable-sector organisations.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) articulate decision-making criteria and propose and evaluate alternative policy solutions; (2) participate in round-table policy discussions; and (3) create policy briefs to discuss scientific topics with non-specialist audiences.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) critique of white paper; (2) round-table discussion; and (3) policy report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Heather Bray
Unit rules
Enrolment in
51580 Master of Science Communication (ID 189)
Contact hours
4 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.