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Course module: FI-MSECCSP
Communicating Science with the Public
Course infoSchedule
Course codeFI-MSECCSP
ECTS Credits5
Category / LevelM (M (Master))
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Science; BETA-GST;
Contact personM.J.W. Bos
drs. E.P.H.M. de Bakker
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Course contact
M.J.W. Bos
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drs. F.W. van Dam
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Teaching period
1  (05/09/2022 to 11/11/2022)
Teaching period in which the course begins
1/  3
Time slotC: C (MON-afternoon, TUE-aftern,THU-morn)
Study mode
RemarkAantal plaatsen voor bijvakkers is beperkt. Je krijgt bericht als er te veel aanmeldingen zijn.
Enrolment periodfrom 30/05/2022 up to and including 24/06/2022
Course application processOsiris Student
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Post-registration openfrom 22/08/2022 up to and including 23/08/2022
Waiting listNo
Course placement processStudiepunt/Student desk
Course goals
At the end of the course, the student:
1.     will have addressed current socio-scientific issues (or “wicked problems”) to engage a specific target audience with these issues;
2.     will have learned the importance of thinking receiver-oriented instead of sender-oriented when considering science communication;
3.     will be capable of thinking strategically about science communication, and write a strategic plan that considers the aims, target audiences, means and the central message of the communication;
4.     will be able to collaborate in a team and using team members’ complementary strengths; 
5.     will be able to write a popular science article;
6.     can give and receive (peer) feedback and use this feedback to improve communicative interventions;
7.     will be able to reflect on how the products relate to the communication strategy, providing underpinnings for choices made and expected effects.
In the course Communicating Science with the Public you learn how to think strategically about science communication. The focus will be on the development of a communication strategy and the writing of a popular science text. In this challenging Master-level course, you will be asked to think about communication goals, target audiences, themes for your strategy and topics for your writing, and you will be challenged to think why this topic and that theme should be communicated and how. Good and bad practices will be analysed. Regular critical reflection and (peer) feedback are key ingredients of the course.
Entry requirements
You must meet the following requirements
  • Assigned study entrance permit for the master
Prerequisite knowledge
Bachelor of science
Required materials
Recommended materials
Available via links on UL
Instructional formats


Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade-

Communicating Science: strategy (40%; group) and popular science text (60%; individual)

Communicating Science: strategy (40%; group) and popular science text (60%; individual)

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