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Course module: 201000260
Advanced Science Communication
Course info
Course module201000260
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact personprof.dr. H.F.M. te Molder
dr. A.M. Dijkstra
Contactperson for the course
prof.dr. H.F.M. te Molder
prof.dr. H.F.M. te Molder
Academic year2013
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Learning goals

Intended learning outcomes

Having followed this course, students are able to:

  • identify and explain the core theoretical concepts in the field of science and technology communication, with a special focus on the science-society relationship
  • analyze the basic processes that explain how different publics deal with technological and scientific information;
  • apply these insights so as to help improve communication practices in the field of science and technology communication;
  • evaluate the merit and value of science and technology communication activities, according to the insights of this course.

The course ASC replaces in the Master Curriculum SEC, (spec. Sc. Communication) 197457210 Wetenschapsjournalistiek 2

Course description 

While still considered authoritative domains, science and technology have also become contested areas.
Online communities argue against vaccination campaigns, science blogs fight over data that claim to show climate change, and cases of scientific fraud dominate the news.  Experts are open to challenge just for being experts.
How come, and what does this development mean for the ways in which science and technology are communicated in society?
How are scientific experts, communication professionals and organizations involved supposed to deal with this situation?
What role is there for publics and other stakeholders?
The course is focused on master students who are interested in communicating and reflecting on science and technology in a complex societal arena.
More and more, scientific experts are required to pay attention to the ways in which their research is going to be communicated to and with the ‘outside world’.
However, scientific experts and consumer-citizens often have different appreciations of science and technology, and this affects their interactions.
What is the nature of these differences and what are the implications for the communication between experts and consumer-citizens?
How do people deal with complex information regarding technological risks?
What is the role of emotions? How should experts and expert organizations establish or maintain trustworthiness?
Throughout the course, we translate the provided insights to the domain of science and technology, such as nanotechnology and biomedical science and technologies.


Assumed previous knowledge
Required materials
Course material
The literature will be available from Blackboard one week before the first meeting.
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