BIOL 69500 Popular Science Communication
Session Offered:Spring Credit 1
Students will be introduced to popular science communication in a broad context, and this course will be focus on communicating in particular scientific knowledge in ecology and evolution. Students will be immersed in discussions about the role of communication in science and the cultural, practical and policy-related role of science communication in society. This will be a student-lead seminar in which they will be given relevant supplementary material and will be expected to actively participate leading class discussions on those topics. Throughout the semester, however, experts on different aspects of sci comm will be invited as speakers to share their experience disseminating scientific knowledge to non-scientists.Over the course of the semester, students will develop their own science communication project springing from a scientific research topic of their choice. Projects can include articles for magazines intended for the general public, blogs, podcasts, videos or talks in our community, among other venues. The course will be focus on communicating science in particular of ecology and evolution.
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