Intended learning outcomes
Having followed this course, students are able to:
The course ASC replaces in the Master Curriculum SEC, (spec. Sc. Communication) 197457210 Wetenschapsjournalistiek 2
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.