Rhetorics and Science Communication

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode LMR004B10
Vaknaam Rhetorics and Science Communication
Niveau(s) universitaire minor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Rhetorics and Science Communication
Leerdoelen - Demonstrate an understanding of the role of communication in science, and the cultural, practical and policy-related role of science communication in wider society
- Demonstrate the ability to carry out a constructive critical analysis of popular science communication efforts/products in a variety of real-world settings (events, TV, magazines)
- Communicate effectively through popular science writing writing about science-related topics to a variety of audiences;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the basic questions and methodologies used in science communication research
- Communicate scientific information to peers by delivering an effective presentations of research articles
Omschrijving The course examines the textual dynamics and the social and cultural consequences of rhetorics on understandings of science and broader public discussion about science. Built upon existing knowledge base of rhetorics, science, and communication, the course examines how scientists communicate the processes and findings of their work to the public and how the public engages with science through the following means/spaces:
(a) Popular Science magazines
(b) Science events (e.g., science cafes, festivals, art and science events, famelab, science shops); and,
(c) Video (e.g., documentaries, YouTube)
The aim of the course unit is to provide students with an understanding of the different forms of science communication (oral, written, visual/non-written) and the opportunity to practise those through practical work as well as the assignments. This class supports students to develop understandings about the state of the art of the field of science communication and to develop the abilities needed to communicate science effectively in a variety of real-world contexts. In the course we will examine how different audiences shape the way science is communicated and we will develop a set of best practices for effective science communication, which students will then apply in their own science communication projects.
Uren per week variabel
(2 uur werkcollege)
Toetsvorm opdrachten
(The course will be assessed with 3 assignments, counting for 10, 40 and 50%)
Vaksoort bachelor jr 3
Coördinator dr. J. Olthof
Docent(en) dr. C.L. Caspers
Opmerkingen All required literature, consisting of various articles, will be made digitally available on Nestor on a folder assigned for each week.
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Minor Rhetorics 3 semester I b keuze