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Course module: BMB614319
BMB614319
Engaging Scientists with the Public (online course)
Course infoSchedule
Course codeBMB614319
ECTS Credits3
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Graduate School of Life Sciences, fac. GNK;
Contact persondrs. F.W. van Dam
E-mailf.w.vandam@uu.nl
Lecturers
Contactperson for the course
drs. F.W. van Dam
Other courses by this lecturer
Lecturer
drs. F.W. van Dam
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
BMS_P2_A  (09/11/2020 to 07/02/2021)
Teaching period in which the course begins
BMS_P2_A/  BMS_P4_A
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
Full-time
RemarkTaught twice per year in Period 2 and Period 4
Enrolment periodfrom 14/09/2020 up to and including 27/09/2020
Course application processOsiris
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Pre-enrolmentNo
Post-registrationYes
Post-registration openfrom 26/10/2020 up to and including 27/10/2020
Waiting listYes
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Aims
After successful completion of this online course, the student can:
  1. Explain/analyze the complex relationship between science and society;
  2. Explain what science communication is, in particular in relation to public engagement;
  3. Assess activities of public engagement based on design, learning, behavioral and communication models;
  4. Develop a coherent and feasible plan for a public engagement activity for a complex societal problem;
  5. Pre-test and improve this plan based on a small pilot;
  6. Design the public engagement-plan in the form of a grant proposal;
  7. Interact successfully with a scientist and with relevant stakeholders;
  8. Pitch the grant proposal.
Content
Period (from – till): This course is taught 2 times: Period 2 (BMS_P2_A) 9 november 2020 - 31 januari 2021 and Period 4 (BMS_P4_A) 26 april 2021 - 4 juli 2021​.

Course coordinator: Drs. Frans van Dam (|f.w.vandam@uu.nl)

Course description
“Public engagement describes the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit” says the Utrecht University’s public engagement website. In the past five to ten years, universities have started to value public engagement. Universities feel they should be open to society. Not as mere providers of knowledge but they should also actively involve citizens, school children and stakeholders in their research and higher education.
Public engagement has many forms, from science fairs, special apps to patient consultations or data gathering. Activities of public engagement are aimed at a large variety of audiences, including patient groups, homeless people, school children or wider audiences. Key is that both, the researcher and his/her audience benefit from the interaction. Examples of these activities can be found on the UU-website: https://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/public-engagement-at-utrecht-university/what-is-public-engagement.
In this online course, students will design a public engagement activity. For that purpose they will select a research topic in connection with a Utrecht University research group or a particular researcher of their choice. In the first weeks, students will deepen their understanding of the complex relationship between science and society, the roles of scientists and the audiences for public engagement activities. Starting in week 4 students start performing the analyses needed for designing and evaluating their public engagement activity with follow-up in weeks 5-7. At the end of the course, in week 8-10, each student will finish his/her written plan for a public engagement activity and present it online.

Didactic approach
In this course, students develop a plan, based on theory, practical insights, and analyses. Peer feedback is a crucial aspect of the course, as giving and receiving feedback is a great help in improving the assignments. The weekly assignment will have to be finished on time to allow proper feedback.
This online course contains clips, reading materials, assignments, statements and reflections. In addition, students will be asked to contact a researcher and members of the audience they have selected. All of the weekly learning units can be carried out at home, using a computer and internet.
The lecturer is also moderator of the online course. He will assist the students and monitor the assignments and quality of the peer feedback.

Registration:
The registration is via Osiris Student. Please find additional information about the registration on the Study Guide.

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
No

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes

Prerequisite knowledge
None.
Competencies
-
Entry requirements
-
Required materials
-
Instructional formats
Online Education

Tests
Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

Assessment
Individual final proposal for a public engagement activity: 70%
Individual, recorded pitch: 20%
Participation and feedback quality: 10%

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