HFMK03771U  Science Communication

Volume 2015/2016

This highly interactive summer school offers students from all disciplines the opportunity to gain skills in the understanding and production of research communication and in interdisciplinary, problem-oriented collaboration. Working in response to briefs from local clients, students will work together to produce high quality science communication products such as short films, podcasts, articles and complementary social media. Project groups will be interdisciplinary, giving students the chance to gain hands-on experience of research and development across disciplinary boundaries.

The two week intensive summer school will be supported by a four week, part-time programme of online teaching, readings, and short tasks which will enable students to become familiar with the theory and practice of public science communication. They will engage with topics such as the history of science communication, the narrative techniques and formats through which it can be carried out, and how key messages can be conveyed clearly, accurately and memorably

Learning Outcome

Account for key methods and theories in the study of science communication, including models of communication, scientific knowledge, audience reception, and analytical frames.

Create science communication products which utilise specific formats to communicate scientific knowledge to defined audiences.

Critically examine instances of science communication by drawing on appropriate theories and methods in the field.

Communicate such assessment and analysis with precision and in terms relevant to the academic debate in the field.

Students will engage with texts introducing the theory and methods of public science communication, as well as with instances of written (and other) communication. The course content will use a set of real world case studies, including climate change and emerging biotechnology, and readings will also include examples and analyses of these.

Lectures, online exercises, group work, and practical workshops.
The application deadline is 1 April 2016; subject to availability, there may be a second deadline 1 June. Please use the following application form: http:/​/​mcc.ku.dk/​education/​sommerskoleforskningskomm/​Application_for_Enrollment_in_Summer_School_course_Science_Communication....pdf
The form is to be submitted to jborg@hum.ku.dk
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Form of exam: Take-home assignment, optional subject, with active student participation.

Make-up exam/re-exam: Take-home assignment, set subject
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Seminar
  • 70
  • Preparation
  • 134,75
  • Total
  • 204,75