CPT-39303 Science Communication 2.0


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work4
Course coordinator(s)dr. KA Legun
Lecturer(s)LM van Burgsteden
dr. KA Legun
Examiner(s)prof. dr. HFM te Molder
dr. KA Legun

Language of instruction:



While still considered authoritative domains, science and technology have also become contested areas. Experts are open to challenge just for being experts. Some speak of a post-truth era, in which personal convictions have become more important in the public domain than objective truth. How come that many people feel this way, and what do these developments mean for the ways in which science is communicated in society? The course focuses on master students who are interested in the public communication on science and technology. Experts and citizens often have different appreciations of science and technology. What is the nature of these differences and what are the implications? How do people deal with complex information regarding technological risks? What is the role of emotions? How should experts and expert organizations establish trustworthiness? Throughout the course we translate the provided insights to the domain of science and technology, such as applications of nutrition science, nanoscience, food technology and biotechnology.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain the core theoretical concepts in the field of science communication;
- analyze the basic processes that explain how different publics deal with information;
- apply these insights so as to help improve communication practices in the field of science and technology;
- evaluate the merit and value of science and technology communication activities.


Lectures, tutorials and group assignments.


- three written group assignments (20% each);
- 2.0 end presentation (40%).


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Restricted Optional for: MNHNutrition and HealthMSc6AF
MCHCommunication, Health and Life SciencesMSc6AF