Graduate Level Courses
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 8:35AM
John Gastil in Graduate Level Classes

Graduate Seminar in Intercultural Communication

This is a pdf of a syllabus adapted from the one John Gastil used for a Spring 2009 graduate seminar at the University of Washington. This version includes a ten-week schedule, list of core readings, and assignments/learning goals. The syllabus also leaves considerable room for students to add their own readings on specific topics of interest. If you wish to teach a similar course, you can contact Gastil to discuss readings, assignments, etc.

The Science of Science Communication. 

The simple dissemination of valid scientific knowledge does not guarantee it will be recognized by nonexperts to whom it is of consequence. The science of science communication is an emerging, multidisciplinary field that investigates the processes that enable ordinary citizens to form beliefs consistent with the best available scientific evidence, the conditions that impede the formation of such beliefs, and the strategies that can be employed to avoid or ameliorate such conditions. This seminar will survey, and make a modest attempt to systematize, the growing body of work in this area. Special attention will be paid to identifying the distinctive communication dynamics of the diverse contexts in which nonexperts engage scientific information, including electoral politics, governmental policymaking, and personal health decision making. (Kahan; offered at Yale University in Spring 2013). Syllabus, readings, etc.

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