The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science offers the unique opportunity to study undergraduate courses in science communication as electives or as part of a Major or Minor in Science Communication.
Our courses mix practical science communication skills with science communication theory and research skills. They provide training in:
- understanding the public, governments, journalists, lobby groups, and other science communication partners
- delivering high quality written work and presentations about science, for diverse mediums
- analysing the ways science and technology issues are communicated in the public and policy arenas
- conducting science communication research
- producing professional science communication materials, including:
- science conferences
- risk communication strategies
- blog posts and social media communication
- innovative approaches to science teaching
- effective opinion pieces
- engaging news articles.
Our courses allow you to learn more about human nature and the philosophy of science, placing science in the context of the everyday lives of people. They give you the opportunity to do original research into how science has been or should be communicated, and the chance to publicly communicate the science you are passionate about.
Undergraduate students can:
- Add a Science Communication Major to a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours), or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) degree, to make science communication a significant component of your graduate skillset. This is a great way to prepare for an honours degree in science communication, which can potentially lead to enrolment in a PhD in science communication. Those students keen to take even more undergraduate science communication can add a Professional Science Engagement specialisation to their Science Communication Major.
- Add a Science Communication Minor or take science communication courses as electives in most degree programs offered by ANU. Science communication courses will add value to any study experience, broadening your horizons and improving your communication skills in general.
Eligible graduates will be able to continue with an honours degree in science communication or in mainstream science areas.
Your newly found skills will not limit your choices but will give you an added advantage when competing for science jobs.
- Autumn: SCOM2003 - Science in Popular Fiction
- SCOM1001 - Science Communication 1: Science and Public Awareness
- SCOM1002 - Science Communication 2: Scientific Evidence and Social Change
- SCOM2016 - Science in the Media
- SCOM2031 - Science, Risk and Ethics
- SCOM3003 - Science Communication Research Project
- SCOM3004 - Science Communication Internship (Any session)
- SCOM3017 - Science Events for Public Engagement
- SCOM3027 - Science and Public Policy
- SCOM3029 - Cross Cultural Perspectives in Science Communication
- Spring: SCOM3030 - Science Dialogue Theory and Practice
- Summer: SCOM3032 - Making Modern Science
- Winter: SCOM3012 - Science Communication and the Web
- Winter: SCOM3501 - Strategies in Science Communication