Postgraduate Course: Dialogue for Science Communication and Public Engagement (BIME11046)
|School||Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||'Dialogue' is an approach to communication that privileges mutual listening, learning and understanding. The practice of dialogue has been developed, with palpable results, in the arenas of public participation, organisational development and conflict resolution. And theorising about dialogue is now a recognised strand of scholarship within communication studies.
The role of science public engagement practitioners has evolved substantially in the last decade. In addition to their traditional work as science communicators, they are now also expected to act as facilitators of meaningful conversations between researchers, practitioners, citizens and policy makers. Often, those conversations aim to increase understanding and build relationships (dialogue). Sometimes, they also seek to inform decision-making processes (deliberative dialogue). In both cases, public engagement practitioners must be able to facilitate participatory processes that foster interpersonal communication across various divides (e.g. expertise, jargon, values, worldviews). Accordingly, this course enables students to become skilful and reflective facilitators capable of designing and facilitating dialogic processes.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 25,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 25,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5,
Formative Assessment Hours 50,
Summative Assessment Hours 30,
Other Study Hours 65,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Essay 50%, Dialogue plan (group work) 10%, Reflection on dialogue plan (40%)
||Feedback will be on-going during seminar and practical session with summative, written feedback delivered together with summative mark.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of dialogue, and of contrasts with other forms of communication
- An ability to identify how dialogue and deliberation may be useful across a range of science communication and public engagement (SC and PE) activities.
- An ability to reflectively examine specific examples of interaction in order to identify where dialogue has occurred or been blocked, and to analyse why.
- The development of skills and techniques for facilitating dialogue in small group discussions.
- An ability to design, deliver and evaluate a dialogic (SC and PE) activity.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
1. KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
2. Practice: applied knowledge skills and understanding
3. Generic Cognitive Skills
4. Communication, ICT
5. Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others
|Course organiser||Dr Elizabeth Stevenson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3258
|Course secretary||Mr Andrew Le Tissier
Tel: (0131 6)51 4075