|Module Title||COMMUNICATING SCIENCE: THE SCIENTISTS, THE MEDIA AND THE PUBLIC|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Jan Martin|
|Semester||Intended for use in future years|
|Next year offered||N/A|
|Next semester offered||N/A|
|Other staff||Dr Malcolm Thomas|
|Course delivery||Lecture||7 Hours|
|Seminars / Tutorials||3 Hours|
Communicating science to a lay audience can be a challenging activity. In the past scientists have encountered problems with presenting their research to a wider audience - think of the fiasco with cold fusion. In this module, we address some of the basic issues associated with presenting science to the public and consider the value of a range of media - the press, broadcast media, popular science writing, science fiction, museums and discovery centres. In addition, participants develop their own writtten, oral and visual communication skills through a series of workshops, culminating in a public exhibition of posters produced during the module.
The module will cover the following topics:
- Why do scientists wish to communicate with the public? Where and how do they engage in such
- The difference between academic scientific writing and coverage in the popular press.
- Science museums and discovery centres, including a field trip.
- Popular science writing: New Scientist; Nature and popular science books.
- Science fiction as a way of communicating science.
- Presentation of science to the public: open exhibition of student posters produced during the course.
This module is at CQFW Level 6