2021 Science Media and Communication for Global Development of Environment and Society

Font size  SML

Register update notification mail Add to favorite lecture list
Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Global Engineering for Development, Environment and Society
Nohara Kayoko  Andrews Eden Mariquit 
Class Format
Lecture / Exercise     
Media-enhanced courses
Day/Period(Room No.)
Course number
Academic year
Offered quarter
Syllabus updated
Lecture notes updated
Language used
Access Index

Course description and aims

Communication plays a major role in dealing with collaborating across professional and national borders to resolve issues and achieve innovations for the international communities and the global environment. Reality of communication is however rapidly changing reflecting the social and technological situations (online, global, multimodal on demand) and it is important to rethink why communication science is required and how we can effectively do it the students will learn basic theories and methods of science sharing among stakeholders

Student learning outcomes

Students will learn the following skills from taking this course.
1) Be able to understand the importance of science communication in the environment and society
2) Be able to know and engage in different platforms to communicate science to the public
3) Be able to improve communication skills that are necessary in science communication


Science communication, public understanding of science, public engagement, science and media

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Acquisition of theory and knowledge about science communication through lectures, and communication practice. Online collaboration within the students is highly encouraged, some online sessions will be conduct in Miro.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to science communication: significance, theories, and history of communicating science Course overview, and discussion of the nature and scope of science communication, along with examples.
Class 2 Institutional aspects of science communication ; how science communication affect public opinion, economics, and politics Explain the importance of science-based communication between experts and non-experts to influence public opinion, economics, and politics.
Class 3 Modern science communication in the academe, society, industry and politics. Know how scientific information, knowledge, communication, are being done in different platforms.
Class 4 Using various communication methods to create and deliver your message (Part 1) -Making academic presentations and improving presentation skills. Learn effective techniques how to get their message across through academic oral presentations.
Class 5 Using various communication methods to create and deliver your message (Part 2) -Science journalism, engaging the public with science in the internet. Learn to engage the public with science in different media platforms
Class 6 Special lecture from an invited speaker engaged in science communication Special lecture with discussion with an invited speaker that is engaged in science communication.
Class 7 Course synthesis, recap of the learnings from the course, preparation for presentation of the final project Summarise the learnings from the course and report on the progress of the final project.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to assigned readings, and course materials.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Talking Science Across Borders- Science Communication at Tokyo Tech (M. Norton, K. Nohara)
Handouts and reading assignments will be distributed during the duration of the course.

Assessment criteria and methods

Class participation, reports, group work activities, and final presentation. The course also places emphasis on the active participation of the students during class meetings.

Related courses

  • GEG.S411 : Global Science Communication and Engagement

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)


Page Top