Science Communication

Duke students, take a course to learn how to communicate complex issues to the public, policymakers, and the media.

The Duke Initiative for Science & Society offers several courses in Science Communication.

Bioethic 502. Communicating Science & Bioethics. This course examines the challenges of and best practices for communicating scientific and bioethical issues to the public, journalists, and policymakers. The course will explore the historical and cultural factors that influence public understanding of and attitudes toward scientific and bioethical issues. Students will draw on communication case studies from a variety of disciplines (genetics, neuroscience, law, bioethics) and their own academic interests as a context for developing writing and speaking skills essential for clear communication of complex topics to non-specialists. Geared towards graduate students and advanced undergraduate students. Instructor: Staff. 3 units.

Bioethic 702. Science Communication for Scientists. This course provides students in the sciences with practical training in the communication of scientific research to non-scientists, and helps them develop skills essential to doing meaningful outreach. Topics covered include the empirical benefits of communicating science; development of speaking, writing, and storytelling practices for diverse audiences; answering difficult, controversial, and critical questions from the media; and tweeting, blogging, and presenting research to engage non-scientists (including the lay public and policy-makers). Graduate students only. Instructor: Staff. 2 units.

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