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Theoretical models in science communication (2015)

Name of course:

Theoretical models in science communication

ECTS credits:


Course parameters:

Language: Danish and English literature
Level of course: PHD course
Time of year: Q3, 2015
No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like [please indicate both]: 125
Capacity limits: 5

Objectives of the course:

To identify and discuss historical and present structural models used as theoretical frameworks in science communication.

Learning outcomes and competences:

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Distinguish science communication models from each other in terms of attitudes towards science, scientists, media and the public
  • Give a historical overview of the evolution of science communication models
  • Compare science communication models to models in communication and media studies

Compulsory programme:

One assignment at the end of the course.

Course contents:

The course is a reading course based on the student’s own individual selection of literature in close cooperation with the lecturers. The literature should be independent from the students’ PhD project.


Previous training in science communication.

Name of lecturers:

Kristian Hvidtfelt Nielsen
Bruce Lewenstein

Type of course/teaching methods:

Reading course


Literature to be selected by student but must be a minimum of 500 pages.

Course homepage:


Course assessment:

One assignment consisting of 15-20 standard pages. The assignment must include a historical overview and a thorough review of the most influential models as well as an evaluation of their present day impact. The assignment must also include references to broader models in communication and media studies.


Centre for Science Studies, Department of Mathematics, Department of Communication, CALS, Cornell University


Self selected


Centre for Science Studies


Deadline for registration is the 15 January 2015. Information regarding admission will be sent out no later than two days later.

For registration: Contact Kristian Hvidtfelt Nielsen, e-mail:

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