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Journalism (J)
134 Allen Hall, 541-346-3738
School of Journalism & Communication
Course Data
  J 377   Sci of Sci Comm 4.00 cr.
In this class students will delve deeper into the theoretical foundations of science communication as a discipline. Students will develop an understanding of the different models of science communication, their benefits, drawbacks, and current use in a variety of contexts.
Grading Options: Graded for all students
Instructor: Smith HE-mail Office:   110B Allen Hall
Phone:   (541) 346-0150
See CRN for CommentsPrereqs/Comments: Prereq: We recommend two area satisfying courses in the sciences.
Course Materials
 
  CRN Avail Max Time Day Location Instructor Notes
  14237 0 30 1400-1550 tr 130 GSH Smith H !A
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October 3:   Add this course
October 5:   Last day to change to or from audit
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October 9:   Withdraw from this course (75% refund, W recorded)
October 16:   Process a complete withdrawal (50% refund, W recorded)
October 16:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
October 23:   Process a complete withdrawal (25% refund, W recorded)
October 23:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
November 13:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
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Expanded Course Description
This class is designed to introduce students to the theoretical foundations of science communication as a discipline. The class will provide an overview of the theoretical landscape, with an understanding of how the discipline of science communication has largely moved from deficit to dialogue in the past 30 years. Students will spend the majority of their time in this course exploring the different models of science communication, when and why they work, and how we know they work. Students will be asked to clearly articulate the differences between the three models of science communication, including the benefits and drawbacks, and provide examples for each should be used. Students will also learn about evaluating science communication activities, with a goal of knowing how to understand what works in science communication. This course is theoretical in nature but will include the development of applied evaluation skills. A key understanding of both science communication theory and practice is essential for students who want to include science communication strategies in their work. This course is part of a series of courses inspired by new thinking about science communication, and it works as a complement to other science communication offerings in strategic thinking and in developing science-based stories. We base this framework on a variety of sources, but particularly on a National Academy of Sciences 2017 publication, Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda. “Science and technology are embedded in virtually every aspect of modern life. As a result, people face an increasing need to integrate information from science with their personal values and other considerations as they make important life decisions about medical care, the safety of foods, what to do about climate change, and many other issues. Communicating science effectively, however, is a complex task and an acquired skill. Moreover, the approaches to communicating science that will be most effective for specific audiences and circumstances are not obvious. Fortunately, there is an expanding science base from diverse disciplines that can support science communicators in making these determinations.”
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