stc3sim science in the media



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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject is delivered fully on-line. In this subject students will explore the different ways in which science is represented in the media and why scientific findings poses difficulties for journalists and often leads to under-reporting or misrepresentation. Integrating scientific and media perspectives through a case study approach, Science in the Media will offer an overview of scientific method, along with an overview of key elements of media practice -news values, production values, narrative and popular culture formats, along with media market-research methodologies and key concepts in media and communications theory.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSusan Lawler

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must complete 120 credit points of LTU subjects from any faculty or coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjects STC2SIM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsInvestigating Science Communication in the Information Age: Implications for Public Engagement and Popular MediaRecommendedHolliman, R., Whitelegg, E., Scanlon, E., Smidt, S. and Thomas J., (eds)OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 2008
ReadingsPractising Science Communication in the Information Age: Theorising Professional Practices.RecommendedHollimahn, R., Whitelegg, E., Scanlon, E., Smidt, S. and Thomas J., (eds)OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 2008
ReadingsThe Sciences'Media Connection - Public Communication and its repercussionsRecommendedRodder, SimoneE-BOOK, DORDRECHT: SPRINGER

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate critical analytical understanding of (i) theories of media production values/needs and (ii) scientific method

Weekly readings/viewings for participation in online tutorial discussions.

02. Develop the research and practical skills irequired for critical academic writing.

Participating in online blog/discussion exercises, group presentation and individual written assignment.

03. Understand/articulate why the uncertainty that is intrinsic to scientific research findings produces problems for news media producers/reporters

Reading/viewing/listening to weekly media texts discussed in online 'lecture/conversation' in order to participate in online discussion exercises.

04. Ability to work as a team member

Through collaborative development of a group presentation.

05. Online time management skills

Through consistent group participation and meeting assignment deadlines

06. Ability to express ideas in a public forum

Through online discussion exercises

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