Ten months in the Science Communication program is an intense experience. Courses cover the theory underlying good communication as well as the practical challenges of effectively communicating science and the issues involving science in society. Science in print, on radio, on television, or on the internet; science at science centres, presentations to live audiences, all are covered. Ten university graduate courses, taken over one year, deal with learning theory and principles of science communication, science issues in society, practical experience of oral communication, mass media, exhibit development, and information technology. Some courses are offered on the Laurentian campus, others are a short distance away at Science North.
The courses are grouped in four modules:
- Module 1 - Theoretical and Practical Foundations
- Module 2 - Understanding the Development Process
- Module 3 - Development Experience
- Module 4 - Research Project
Students start their science communication experience at Science North during the first week of September at the transition from the peak visitor season to late summer tourism. Workshops interspersed with coursework will introduce the skills of reflective practice and hone the writing skills required in all courses. The courses in the first semester provide the theoretical foundation and societal context for the rest of the program.