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

  • Bostrom, N. (2018). The Vulnerable World Hypothesis. Working Paper, v. 3.22

  • 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.

  • Common Cause for Nature (2013) Values and Frames in conservation. Public Interest Research Centre

  • Dennett, D. (1978). Beliefs about beliefs. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 1, 568–570.

  • Dunbar, R. (2017). Cognitive and Network constraints in real life literature. Understanding Complex Systems. In Kenna, R., MacCarron, M., MacCarron, P. (Eds.) Maths Meets Myths: Quantitative Approaches to Ancient Narratives, Understanding Complex Systems Springer International Publishing Switzerland. pp 7-14.

  • Dunne A. and Raby, D. (2013). Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming. MIT Press.

  • Habermas, J. (1996). Between Facts and Norms: Contributions to a Discourse Theory of Law and Democracy. MIT Press

  • Haraway, D. (1985). The Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century," in Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature.

  • Haraway, D. (2003). The Companion Species Manifesto. Prickly Paradigm Press, Chicago.

  • 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