About CDAE 6760 A

Advanced exploration, application of science communication theories, contexts, practices with a focus on inclusion, equity, and intersectionality. Examine the relationship between science and society while learning communication skills that promote respect and shared understandings of science among researchers, extension professionals, journalists, public relations specialists, policy officials, and public.


Graduate and PACE students only; Colocated w/ PA 6990 B; max enrollment is 20

Section Description

This class offers an exploration and application of science communication theories and skills with a focus on equity, inclusion, and intersectionality. With the goal of cultivating belonging, respect, engagement, and understanding in the context of science communication, this course puts equal emphasis on theory and communication practices. Students will read and discuss inclusive science communication theories, histories, contexts, and applications daily. Case studies will provide historical and current contexts for the relationship among science, communication, and audiences with different intersecting identities, including but not limited to racial, ethnic, socio-economic, (dis)ability, gender, sexuality, and professional identities. Hands-on assignments and in-class activities will ask students to develop inclusive written, visual, spoken, workshop and mediated messages about science for a variety of audiences. From a professional standpoint, this course will ask students to consider the unique needs and assets of researchers, journalists, communication specialists, policy officials, and communities. We will define “science” widely to include science, social science research, engineering, technology, and health. Students of all majors and ranks are welcome in this class.

Section Expectation

Please come ready to think critically about theory and work on applied projects. Students are expected to attend class in-person daily, unless they have an excusable absence.


Students will examine the theoretical concepts and case studies that support inclusive science communication. This part of the course will feel similar to other graduate level courses. Because this course offers many professional skills that graduate students are unable to develop in other UVM graduate courses, we will also apply the concepts by applying these theories to developing inclusive science communication messages. The mixture of theory and application will provide a valuable experience for graduate students planning to enter into academic, policy, and research positions after graduating. I will try my hardest to make assignments that allow you to develop messages that are relevant to your graduate work and professional goals.

Important Dates

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Note: These dates may not be accurate for select courses during the Summer Session.

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