Scientific popularisation

lcomu2600  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Scientific popularisation
5.00 credits
30.0 h
Main themes
The course offers discussion on the relationships between popularisation and scientific discourse. To this end, it analyses the three stages involved in a popularisation device:
  • the production of a popularising discourse: the psycho-social and scientific role of the mediator, or third man, and the constraints of a didactic discourse ;
  • the reformulation of a source discourse within a second discourse (e.g. paraphrase, transcoding, translation, narrative and metaphorisation) ;
  • recognition by the public of a popularised message (e.g. deciphering and appropriation of scientific information, and the attitudes of a reader of scientific popularisation).
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1. Know the main theories relating to scientific popularisation and writers on the subject ; 
2. Evaluate a communication or scientific popularisation device, and design the necessary adaptations ;
3. Design and construct a small popularisation device (including, at least, a text and an image) designed to reformulate an area of scientific knowledge.
Bucchi, M., & Trench, B. (Éds.). (2021). Routledge Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology : Third Edition (3e éd.). Routledge.
Priest, S., Goodwin, J., & Dahlstrom, M. F. (Éds.). (2018). Ethics and Practice in Science Communication (1st edition). University of Chicago Press.
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