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Course module: 201600221
Communication, Innovation and Society
Course info
Course module201600221
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeHonours
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. A.M. Dijkstra
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Contactperson for the course
dr. P. van Adrichem - Rotteveel
Contactperson for the course
dr. A.M. Dijkstra
dr. A.M. Dijkstra
Externe Docent
A. de Jong
Academic year2021
Starting block
RemarksThere is one Canvas site for all Msc Research Honours courses
Application procedureBOZ applies for you
Registration using OSIRISNo

Knowledge about:

• Theoretical concepts in science communication

• Factors influencing the development of innovation

• Communication strategies in science communication

• Academic integrity


Insight in:

• The role of (new and emerging) science and technologies in current society

• The role of communication when designing and implementing new technologies, such as nanotechnology, robotics, and ict

• How to use communication strategies regarding these new technologies in practice

• Responsible research and innovation

• Responsible conduct



• Applying theoretical knowledge in a real situation

• Reflecting on scientific literature

• Writing a scientific paper

• Reflecting on academic integrity and responsible conduct



This course exists of two parts and is given by dr. Anne Dijkstra, dr. Miles MacLeod and guest lecturers. In the first part, broader aspects of the science-society relationship and what those mean for communication are considered.
The second part focuses on responsible conduct – i.e. academic integrity – when doing research.
Not all scientific and technological developments are fully accepted in society. Companies, governments and, for example, research institutes or universities have experienced this in the past.
Therefore, when designing or applying innovations or technologies, such as nanotechnologies or human enhancement technologies, communication with citizens and other actors is essential.
How should one communicate about research and innovation? Will informing publics suffice? Or, should every citizen become actively involved in science and technology?
What role and responsibility do researchers have in this science-society relationship? 
This part aims at obtaining broader knowledge and insight about communication processes in relation to research and innovation.
Current insights in science communication and communication strategies will be analysed and students apply this knowledge to a communication plan for their own research project. 
In the second part, academic integrity is introduced upon which an online module will be followed and completed with an assignment.
Finally, in a come-back session students reflect in groups on academic integrity and responsible conduct.
Assumed previous knowledge
BA or BSc in any field. Note: the course can only be attended after selection for the Research Honours MSc Programme
Required materials
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Assignments and prsentation

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