2016 Science Communication for Global Talents - Overseas Programme

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Nohara Kayoko  Norton Michael George 
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Course description and aims

Students will experience the importance of science communication such that they will become a researcher with extensive social skills. The course splits into two programs for 1. practical experience at London's science museum and 2. visits and discussions to several institutions active in science communication, including the London science museum.
The goal of this course is to use the overseas science communication institutes to broaden your horizon and provide a fresh perspective on the relationship between science and society, and its significance to your own special subject.

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

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



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Will be provided

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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