SCIENCE IN THE MEDIA
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Credit points: 15
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
Subject Co-ordinatorSusan Lawler
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG
Prerequisites Must complete 120 credit points of LTU subjects from any faculty or coordinator's approval.
Incompatible subjects STC2SIM
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||Investigating Science Communication in the Information Age: Implications for Public Engagement and Popular Media||Recommended||Holliman, R., Whitelegg, E., Scanlon, E., Smidt, S. and Thomas J., (eds)||OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 2008|
|Readings||Practising Science Communication in the Information Age: Theorising Professional Practices.||Recommended||Hollimahn, R., Whitelegg, E., Scanlon, E., Smidt, S. and Thomas J., (eds)||OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 2008|
|Readings||The Sciences'Media Connection - Public Communication and its repercussions||Recommended||Rodder, Simone||E-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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