Science and the Public

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2018/19
Vakcode WMEC17003
Vaknaam Science and the Public
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Science and the Public
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1.Design science exhibits that are attractive, interactive and engaging
2.Direct, film, and edit a short video clip for the aim of communicating a specific scientific concept
3.Critically synthesize literature for the purpose of developing an evidence-based written essay about science communication and its importance to science and society
4.Communicate effectively the outcomes of their work in both written and oral form
5.Reflect on the processes and products of their assignments
Omschrijving The role of science in improving the quality of our lives been instrumental throughout the history of life. For a lot of people, however, the word science brings to mind fat textbooks, microscopes, equations, and white, middle-aged, male scientists in white coats working alone in laboratories. This image of science, being socially displaced and at times completely apolitical, as well as scientists emanating an aura of extreme madness, has populated the popular science media for years now. This
has led to a turbulence in the relationship of science and society and has, as a result, caused a disinterest and mistrust in science by the public.

Here comes the need and crucial role of science communication: for increasing appreciation for science, for supporting the public in developing understandings about certain scientific issues, for influencing people's beliefs and behaviors, and, essentially, for bridging
the deep and complex divide between science and society.

By adopting a 'science in/for society' theoretical paradigm, the course unit 'Science in the Public' 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) Science centers/museums; (b) Science events (science cafes, festivals, TED-talks, art and science events);
and, (c) Television.

As such, the course includes several guest lectures from professionals in the field of science communication, physical and virtual field-trips (e.g., field-trip to NEMO in Amsterdam, virtual field-trip to the Science Museum in London) as well as in-class practical work.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Bijeenkomst (S), Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Practisch werk (PRC), Werkcollege (T)
(Participation in all classroom meetings/activities is mandatory)
Toetsvorm Opdracht (AST), Practisch werk (PR), Presentatie (P)
(In order to pass the course a student needs to score higher than 6/10 in each of the individual assignments, and feedback is provided for each assignment before final submission.)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. dr. L. Avraamidou
Docent(en) prof. dr. L. Avraamidou , Gastdocent(en) ,dr. H.A.J. Mulder
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Different kinds of materials including journal articles, book chapters, and popular science materials will be used. All of these will be made available freely to all students through Nestor.
Entreevoorwaarden For students who take this course as an elective:
Please note that the language requirements for this course unit differ from the rest of the faculty. All students for whom English is not their native language must satisfy the following requirements:
- Speaking, writing: IELTS 7.0 (equivalent to TOEFL 95, CEFR C1, Cambridge English CAP > 180)
- Reading, listening: IELTS 6.5 (equivalent to TOEFL 80, CEFR B2/C1 (preferably C1), Cambridge English CAE > 160)
Student that have obtained a bachelor's degree from an English-taught programme are exempted from this requirement. Dutch students with VWO-level English are also exempted from the language requirement.
Opmerkingen Max. number of students: 20. Priority for students from the MSc in Science Education and Communication.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Biology  (Electives/Optional modules) - semester II a keuze
MSc Chemistry  (Electives) - semester II a keuze
MSc Ecology and Evolution  (Electives/optional modules) - semester II a keuze
MSc Educatie en Communicatie  (Educatie) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Educatie en Communicatie  (Communicatie) 1 semester II a verplicht
MSc Energy and Environmental Sciences  (Optional Courses) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Marine Biology  (Electives) - semester II a keuze
MSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology  (Electives/Optional modules) - semester II a keuze