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Communicating Science HEJ715


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. You will identify, apply and evaluate science communication strategies for diverse audiences using a range of media and technologies. The unit includes a field trip.


Unit name Communicating Science
Unit code HEJ715
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Media
Coordinator Doctor Claire Konkes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Term 3 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Term 3 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 3 22/7/2024 5/8/2024 26/8/2024 29/9/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate and assess the social, economic, and political implications of communicating science, technology and the environment at a local and global level.
  • Critically evaluate the key principles, methods and concepts of science communication in a range of real-world scenarios.
  • Design and produce media and communication materials.
  • Communicate scientific ideas persuasively and ethically to an academic and general audience.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
019999 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $2,756.00

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Teaching Pattern

Weekly online content, consisting of pre-recorded lectures, discussions, readings and activities.

Non-compulsory scheduled field trip.

AssessmentPractical media production (20%)|Essay (40%)|Interview and news story (40%)
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