The UNSW The Science of Science Communication (BEES6800) course teaches how to effectively communicate across a range of audiences about why science matters, how it works and its relevance in Australia and across the globe. We live in a time where fake science news threatens our ability to communicate science effectively. Understanding the art of evidence-based science communication has become more important than ever before.
Throughout the course, you’ll learn how to communicate scientific knowledge effectively in a digital age where content is easily accessed; however, understanding it is harder to achieve. By the end of the course, you’ll have the ability to apply science communication strategies across multiple platforms, facilitate public engagement and speak to a range of audiences.
The Science of Science Communication course is an online course.
Course outcomes include:
There are three online assignments that directly address the course outcomes, and there is no final exam.
Students need to have completed at least 48 Units of Credit (UoC) to take this science elective course. While there’s no assumed knowledge of science communication, you may find it helpful to obtain a copy of The Science of Communicating Science by Dr Craig Cormick, CSIRO publishing (2019).
Well-crafted communication of science plays an important part in establishing a dialogue between research and society. Good marketing and effective communication can be a strong influence on how science is perceived by people.
As a science communicator, you might be explaining climate change in a press release, briefing a government representative on a policy decision or developing a communications strategy inside a science organisation. Those who excel at science communication have a passion for storytelling and presenting the benefits of science.
Science communicators can also be found working in social media marketing, curating or designing museum exhibitions or writing scientific publications. In each of these fields, skilled communication with a variety of audiences is required.
“The best aspects included the freedom to explore through the openness of the assignments whilst also getting plenty of resources and references. The uniqueness of this course is one of the greatest things because it was incredibly informative and the level of knowledge around science communication was not what I had expected. The information was delivered in an effective manner through a mix of medium, such as videos as well as written information meaning that it was not just large amounts of continuous texts. In addition, the information was clear and well broken down, so it was manageable.”
- The Science of Science Communication course graduate.