Science Communication and Society (SCS) Fundamentals is a 16-week course for science master students. The course prepares students for internships/career in communication about science and health, for example, as a science or health communicator, a science policymaker, a public relations officer, a health officer, an educator or for a career as a scientist with a communicating mind-set.
NOTE: Because of COVID-19, we are expecting to move our program partly or completely online. However, we will keep to the same schedule, so expect a full time course load.
Students of the Science Communication & Society specialisation are required to also take Scientific Narration and Visualization.
Who can join this course?
The course is open to MSc students from the Faculty of Science and to MSc students in the Biomedical Sciences program of LUMC. Other students who are interested should contact their own study advisor for permission.
After completion of this course, students:
will have a general overview of the field of science communication
will have developed relevant theoretical knowledge about the underlying theories of science communication (communication models, learning theories)
will have developed relevant skills for communicating science, such as popular science writing and developing science communication products.
will be able to plan and conduct science communication research
The course provides a mix of lectures, in-class activities, individual assignments, group assignments, exams, within 5 different modules:
Science journalism (taught separately in Dutch and English)
Science communication theories and methods
Informal science education
Policy and Funding
NOTE: the Science Journalism section (English) is open as an elective course 4603SCSSJT (3 EC) to all MSc students from the Faculty of Science and to MSc students in the Biomedical Sciences program of LUMC.
Teaching method and participation
The course uses a mix of lectures, discussions, in-class activities, individual assignments, group assignments, and exams. Each section is taught by a different teacher on a designated day of the week (e.g. all Thursdays are science journalism) for the first 13 weeks. Each module is assessed through practical assignments and/or an exam. In the last three weeks of the course, students work in groups on a final project of their choice.
This course is a 32 hours/week course (one day is available for Scientific Narration and Visualization). The course is worth 19 EC in 16 weeks, August 31 – December 18, 2020. Preliminary schedule: Classes are scheduled on Monday morning, Tuesday afternoon, Thursday morning (Dutch group), Thursday afternoon (English group), Friday morning, Friday afternoon (every other week, visits). The rest of the week is available for self study and group work.
In order to pass the course, students need to pass each of the five modules. The final grade is a weighted average of the modules. Students are allowed to retake modules.
For Dutch students (English students will get translated extracts): Henk Asbreuk en Addie de Moor (2017). Basisboek Journalistiek schrijven. Derde editie! Groningen: Wolters Noordhoff.
Laurie, C., & Jensen, E. (2016). Doing Real Research. London, UK: Sage.
Frans van Dam, Liesbeth de Bakker, Anne Dijkstra, Eric Jensen, eds. (2020). Science Communication: An Introduction
Other readings to be announced
There will be a Brightspace module for the entire course. Students who have applied for the course will receive further information on how to login to Brightspace. Lecture notes, assignments, reading material, and important announcements can be found there.
Application forms can be requested through the SCS department (email@example.com). Please apply as soon as you have decided to enroll in this course, so we have an idea of the number of students. The class number for enrollment in uSis will become available here.
Dr. Anne Land (program coordinator), firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about the SCS program can be found at our website