Summer 2020 Courses

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Summer Session II

JRN 503: Foundations of Science Communication II (1-credit)

In this immersive science communication training, participants who have completed JRN 501 will continue their foundations in science communication with explorations into engaging with key audiences and the media, as well as creating a presentation accompanied by compelling visuals.

  • This class meets Tuesdays, 1:00-3:10pm (Online)​

JRN 513: Science of Science Communication (1-credit)

The U.S. National Academies has paid increased attention to the “science of science communication,” an interdisciplinary area of social science and humanities research and scholarship that spans a range of disciplines, including communication, psychology, decision science, mass communication, risk communication, health communication, political science, sociology, and science and technology studies, history, and others. This course is designed as an introductory survey course for graduate students in science, biomedical, engineering, and health disciplines to this interdisciplinary field. The key goal is to provide context on science communication research that can inform students’ science communication practices. Specifically targeted to students who are not communication researchers, this essential overview will help students understand the importance of linking theory with practice when they communicate about their own research.

  • Flexible schedule (Online)

JRN 534: Communicating Science Using Digital Media (3-credits)

Science and health information increasingly travels by digital media, as new ways emerge for scientists to communicate directly with the public, without the intermediaries of press or public relations. In this online course, students will learn how to be a more effective and engaged online communicator, so that their science can reach a greater audience in more meaningful ways. Students will also learn about the great potential and perils of social media, as they learn to think critically about the broader issues surrounding this medium. This course gives students a practical and hands-on approach to teach them how to use digital “tools of the trade” such as blogs, video, audio/podcasts, and social media platforms to foster two-way communication with different segments of the public, including colleagues in other disciplines. Using improvisational techniques combined with message design strategies for structuring content, students will create, practice and hone their science communication skills through this dynamic and interactive online course.

  • This class is a mix of synchronous and asycnhronous components (Online). See syllabus for schedule.