Public engagement event at the Museum of Science and Industry with Dr Mike Wood, focused on the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Public engagement event at the Museum of Science and Industry with Dr Mike Wood, focused on the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Global Challenges in Science Communication 

This module focuses on contemporary matters of global concern in science communication. Using key case studies, debates and problem-based learning, you will explore how to frame ethical questions and concerns around global challenges and the development of new and emerging technologies. You will explore and evidence how the science communication sector is responding to these needs.

Lecture and seminars may include:

  • Science Communication as a Global Enterprise
  • Public Engagement with Values and Ethics as a design methodology
  • Communicating Risk and Uncertainty:
  • Horizon Scanning and Responsible Innovation as a Methodological Approach in Science Communication
  • United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Governance in Science Communication
  • Engaging Audiences in Digital Environments: the rights of the citizen in a digital age, open science and the digital commons

Recommended Reading

  • Burri, R.V. (2009). Coping with Uncertainty: Assessing Nanotechnologies in a Citizen Panel in Switzerland, Public Understanding of Science, 18(5) 498-511.
  • Cacciatore, M.A., Scheufele, D.A. & Corley, E.A. (2011). From Enabling Technology to Applications: The Evolution of Risk Perceptions About Nanotechnology, Public Understanding of Science, 20(3), 385-404.
  • Cohen, S. (1973). Folk Devils and Moral Panics. St Albans, Paladin.
  • Habermas, J. (1996). Between Facts and Norms: Contributions to a Discourse Theory of Law and Democracy. MIT Press
  • Irwin, A. (1995). Citizen Science: A Study of People, Expertise and Sustainable Development. Psychology Press
  • Miah, A. (2005). Genetics, cyberspace and bioethics: Why not a public engagement with ethics? Public Understanding of Science, 14: 409-421 Common Cause for Nature (2013) Values and Frames in conservation. Public Interest Research Centre