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Professional Science Communication HEJ210


Never before has science communication been so important to public understanding and policy. This unit will establish an understanding of the practical and theoretical aspects in science communication studies. It brings together an overview of professional public science communication, including how it can inform public attitudes, political engagement. The intent of this unit is to enhance students' capacity to critically evaluate contemporary science communication and develop their skills in planning and producing media content in an effective and ethical way. Additionally, it aims to build work-ready graduates adept at communicating identified pathways to solve challenges and capitalise on opportunities within industry and society.


Unit name Professional Science Communication
Unit code HEJ210
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Media
Coordinator Doctor Claire Konkes
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate and apply the key principles, methods and concepts of science communication in a range of real-world scenarios
  • Describe the relationship between science communication, public opinion and policy formation
  • Analyse and describe how the translation of science informs and impacts industry, the public sector and broader society
  • Create scientific communication output to inform industry and government about scientific research findings or developments

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AssessmentMedia Article (15%)|Professional Report (25%)|Reflective Essay (25%)|Scientific Communication Strategy (35%)
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