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Unformatted text preview: CMN600 011 SCIENCE, COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY WINTER 2010 SYLLABUS & SCHEDULE
Instructor: Office: Email: FORMAT Class is an interactive lecture consisting of explanations, examples, exercises, games, group work and guest speakers. Preparatory material is due weekly from course text, E-reserve, and web/multimedia sources as listed on the Schedule. Additional material may be assigned in class. Students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss all assigned material. GRADE DISTRIBUTION AND DUE DATES (detailed assignment descriptions on BlackBoard) 10% 20% 15% 15% 30% 10% Expert Paper (300 words) DUE FEB 1 Reading Journal (one page 200 words per week) DUE IN CLASS WEEKS 3 12 Decoding science: rhetorical analysis of lay science article (500 words) DUE MAR 1 Encoding science: written communication for lay audience (500 words) DUE MAR 31 Final exam Participation (class attendance, engagement and discussion, group activities, following instructions) Dr. Jean S. Mason, (PhD) RCC 360-L firstname.lastname@example.org Office hrs: Tel: Class: Weds. 11:00 am 12:00 pm 416 979-5000 Ext. 6380 Mon. 8:10 am 11:00 am TRS 2-166 REQUIRED TEXTBOOK Gregory, Jane and Steve Miller. Science in Public: Communication, Culture, and Credibility. Cambridge, MA: Basic (Perseus) Books, 1998, (available in Ryerson bookstore). IMPORTANT INFORMATION Departmental outline and course syllabus: available electronically on BlackBoard. Courtesy policy: no talking while professor or student(s) are speaking; all electronic devices off in class. Privacy/copyright policy: no video or audio capturing devices permitted in the classroom. Laptop computers: permitted in classroom only when used for course-related activity. Attendance: attendance is expected at all classes. Late assignments and missed coursework: will not be accepted without valid notification/documentation as set out in Senate Policy. (See http://www.ryerson.ca/senate/policies/). Assignment submission: all written assignments except the weekly Reading Journal will be submitted electronically only through BlackBoard. Grades: will be posted confidentially on BlackBoard within two weeks of submission. Secondary sources: all sources must be documented using academic style manual (e.g., APA, MLA, etc.). Academic withdrawal: a graded assignment will be returned to students before the final withdrawal date. "Ask the Prof": ask all course-related non-confidential questions on this BlackBoard blog. Email the Prof: only when you cannot deal with the matter on "Ask the Prof"!! Literacy: this course assumes you have university level research and writing and speaking skills. Research help: available at the Ronald Besse Ryerson University Library and online. Writing help: available at the Writing Centre in the Ronald Besse Learning Commons in the library and online. Back-up: all your work. You are responsible to have a back-up copy of all assignments. Academic integrity: you are responsible to know the Ryerson Student Code of Academic Conduct including policy on plagiarism. (See http://www.ryerson.ca/academicintegrity.) University policy: Students are required to adhere to all relevant University policies including the Student Code of Academic Conduct. (See http://www.ryerson.ca/senate/policies/). 1 DATE TOPICS AND ASSIGNMENTS DUE SCHEDULE OF PREPARATORY MATERIAL AND GUESTS (Full citations on E-reserve) 1 Jan 11 Overview: objectives, requirements, policies, introductions, assignments. "The Science Communicator" The Recent "Public Understanding of Science Movement" Gregory & Miller: Chapter 1 and "Chemistry, Candles, and Carbon" pp. 132-37. Reading: Fahnestock, Jeanne. "Accommodating Science: The Rhetorical Life of Scientific Facts," Written Communication 15(3) July 1998, 330-350. Gregory & Miller: Chapter 2 Podcast: "Good Germs, Bad Germs" (Quirks & Quarks) Reading: Benka, S., "Who Is Listening...?" Physics Today 2008 Gregory & Miller: Chapter 3 Reading: Davies, Sarah R. "Constructing Communication: Talking to Scientists about Talking to the Public," Science Communication, 29/4 June 2008. Reading: Greenberg, Josh. "Communication Crisis" Guest speaker: Dr. Chris Evans, Associate Dean, FEAS, "Science Communication Matters" 2 Jan 18 3 Jan 25 Science in Public Culture Narrating Science DUE: READING JOURNAL Popular Science: Friend or Foe? DUE: EXPERT PAPER DUE: READING JOURNAL 4 Feb 1 Feb 8 Science Communication: The Visual Dimension DUE: READING JOURNAL READING WEEK FEB 15 Popularization, Public Understanding, and the Public Sphere DUE: READING JOURNAL 6 Feb 22 Reading: "Risk of Nanotechnology," The Economist, 11/24/07 Website: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Royal Society) Guest Speaker: Dr. Isabel Pedersen, "Being Invisible: Imminence, Nanotechnology, and the Rhetorical Justification for Cloaking Inventions" READING WEEK FEB 15 Gregory & Miller: Chapter 4 Video: An Inconvenient Truth Reading: Nelson, B. "Empty Archives..." Nature 2009 Guest Speaker: Dr. Wendy Freeman, "SciCom: Web 2.0" Gregory & Miller: Chapters 5 & 7 and "A Relative Revolution" pp. 140-148 and "Ripples from the Edge of Time" pp. 148-154. Reading: Brechman, J, et al, "Lost in Translation" Sci Com 09 Read: Brainard, C. "Hacked Emails or Journalistic Tribalism" Guest Speaker: Gregory Levey, JD, "Science and the Media" Gregory & Miller: Chapter 8 Reading: Mason, J.S., "The Discourse of Disease" in Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine (SUNY 2008) Guest Speaker: TBA Gregory & Miller: Chapter 9 Reading: Kerr, A. et al. "Shifting Subject Positions" Social Studies of Science, 37/3 (June 2007) 385-411. Gregory & Miller: Chapter 10 Guest Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Meyer, "Writing Scientific Grant Proposals for Non & Quasi-Scientific Audiences" Websites: NSERC, COS, CIHR Reading: Orwell, G. "Politics and the English Language" Read: Bray / Von Storch, "Prediction or Projection" SciCom 09 Bring Encoding Science Assignment-in-Progress to class Gregory & Miller: "Simply Beautiful--Why C60 Is Such a Lovely Molecule" p. 136-37. Podcast: Pollen, M."In Defense of Food" CBC: Current,1/09/08 Exam Information Session 7 Mar 1 Media and Public Understanding of Science DUE: DECODING SCIENCE DUE: READING JOURNAL 8 Mar 8 Science in Museums Science in History DUE: READING JOURNAL Initiatives and Activities in Public Understanding of Science DUE: READING JOURNAL A Protocol for Science Communication for the Public Understanding of Science DUE: READING JOURNAL 9 Mar 15 10 Mar 22 11 Mar 29 Science Communication and Language DUE: READING JOURNAL DUE: MARCH 31: ENCODING SCIENCE Science Communication and Industry DUE: READING JOURNAL 12 Apr 5 13 Apr 12 Final Exam Preparation 2 3 ...
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