2016 Science & Engineering Design for Global Talents -Overseas Programme

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Nohara Kayoko  Norton Michael George 
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Course description and aims

This is a programme for providing opportunities for students to think again about the relations between science and society, the significance of their own professional fields in society etc., so that they can broaden their viewpoints by observing and interacting with overseas science communication organisations.
The internship is designed to make the students experience the importance of communication between people so that they can nurture rich social capabilities while realizing their positions as researchers.

Student learning outcomes

Through this programme, students will understand the relationships between science and society and how different methods of science communication are being applied in different organisations to communicate to different audiences.
Students will also be able to strengthen their English and communication skills.


Science communication, Science and society, Communication, Art and Design

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

1. Submit intern application (permission from academic supervisor in research lab required)
2. Interview
3. Participate in explanatory meeting, introductory lectures on science communication
4. Participate in internship
5. Submit intern report, participate in final report meeting

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introductory lectures (3) 1. Science and Society 2. Theory and methods of science communication 3. Science communication organisations



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Assessment criteria and methods

Attendance of the introductory lectures, completion of the post- intern report, and attendance at the final review meeting.

Related courses

  • None

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

Documents and interviews are required in applying for the internship. Part of the costs of the internship may be supported by a grant (except for international students receiving Japanese government funding).



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