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Science communication has an increasingly vital role to play in a modern, global society. The growing awareness of the threat of climate change, along with the unprecedented impact of COVID-19, has highlighted the importance of the effective communication of science. This unit explores the social, political and ethical implications of science communication in a global society, and will consider: science in the media, science and public policy, science and advocacy, and public engagement with science. Students will identify, apply and evaluate science communication strategies for diverse audiences using a range of media and technologies. The unit includes a field trip.

Summary 2021

Unit name Science Communication
Unit code HEJ415
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Media

Associate Lecturer Linda Hunt

Teaching staff

Level Honours
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Teaching Pattern

39 hours, taught face-to-face in Hobart and online.

5 x 1hr online lecture, 2x 2hr evening face-face workshops, 2x all day field trips, and 2 x long day face-to-face workshops


Task 1: Pitch of communications concept (30%)

Task 2: Practical media production or professional strategic communications plan (50%)

Task 3: Critical essay (20%)

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