Science Communication in Theory and Practice

Course content

This highly interactive summer school offers students from all disciplines the opportunity to gain skills in the understanding and production of research communication and in interdisciplinary, problem-oriented collaboration. Students will work together to produce high quality science communication products such as short films, podcasts, articles and complementary social media. Project groups will be interdisciplinary, giving students the chance to gain hands-on experience of research and development across disciplinary boundaries.


The two week intensive summer school will be supported by a four week, part-time (25 hours per week) programme of online teaching, readings, and short tasks which will enable students to become familiar with the theory and practice of public science communication. They will engage with topics such as the history of science communication, the narrative techniques and formats through which it can be carried out, and how key messages can be conveyed clearly, accurately and memorably.

Learning outcome

By participating actively in this course, you will acquire the following knowledge, skills and competencies:



You will be able to account for key methods and theories in the study of science communication, including models of communication, scientific knowledge, audience reception, and analytical frames.



You will be able to create science communication products which utilise specific formats to communicate scientific knowledge to defined audiences.



You will be able to critically examine instances of science communication by drawing on appropriate theories and methods in the field.

You will be able to communicate such assessment and analysis with precision and in terms relevant to the academic debate in the field.

Lectures, online exercises, group work, and practical workshops.

Students will engage with texts introducing the theory and methods of public science communication, as well as with instances of written (and other) communication. The course content will use a set of real world case studies, including climate change and emerging biotechnology, and readings will also include examples and analyses of these.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)

During the online part of the course, participants give each other written peer feedback.

Other forms of feedback during the face to face part of the course:

  • Individual and collective oral feedback from the teacher and peers
  • Oral peer feedback during group work
  • Collective oral feedback from the teacher during supervision of group work
  • Oral feedback from teacher and peers following participants’ presentation of their final product
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Take-home assignment consisting of four small exercises posted during the on-line part of the course and a reflection project to be completed during or after the on-campus part of the course. All five parts of the assignment must be handed in on August 28th 2022. The assignment will be assessed as a collected whole.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
2 interne bedømmere
Criteria for exam assessment

The students will be assessed according to whether they describe:

- how they developed their science communication product; 
- why they made particular choices about its content and structure; 
- how those choices relate to science communication theory covered in the online course. 

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 80
  • Preparation
  • 100
  • Exam
  • 26
  • English
  • 206