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Unit Overview


Recent geopolitical events have highlighted the complex interactions between scientific knowledge and social, political, and economic structures. What is the relationship between science and society in a post-truth world? In this unit, we will examine a range of scholarly fields to answer this question, including Science Communication, Public Understanding of Science, Science and Technology Studies, and Social Studies of Science and Society. We will examine some of the key issues related to the communication of science, and explore the impact of the shift in the field toward dialogue and public participation on public engagement with science and technology.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline timetabled

Students are able to (1) evaluate key theories and concepts in science communication; (2) construct scholarly 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.

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
Unit(s) SCOM3325 Science Communication as an Academic Discipline
Advisable prior study
SCOM1101 Communicating Science.
SCOM2208 Science Writing.
SCOM2205 Science Presentations
Contact hours
6 x 20 minute online lectures per week
2 x 2 hour workshop per week
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