Flinders Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century (Science21)

Over the last few years, the work of the centre has developed and we now have two main strands which can be described as the learning of science and the science of learning. Each of the one-minute videos gives a flavour of our approach.

Our main aim is to help make the evidence from research and elsewhere have an impact in policy and practice. We achieve this through a number of projects and activities but always working closely with educators and education leaders.

**** New Bachelors Degree Specialisation ****

In 2016, through the Science21 team, Flinders University will be offering a new undergraduate science specialisation about using science to make a difference in the world through influencing decisions with scientific thinking. The BSc in Science Policy and Communication is not like other science commuication degrees, it is designed to help science students effectively use their science in the wider world. 

Why study Science (Science Policy and Communication)?

This degree will appeal to those who enjoy science and who aspire to improve governments, corporations and communities by helping them to understand the science that underpins their decisions. It is a degree that will focus on the power of science to shape the world and to respond to challenges in a range of areas, from energy and nuclear power economics to immunisation policy and equity and equality in science.

The degree will provide you with the ability to influence decisions by effectively communicating science to guide the behaviour of politicians, policy-makers, businesses, entrrepreneurs and families. Science policy and communication is geared towards developing an understanding of the nature of science, of the practice and subtleties of communicating science, and of the ways in which these disciplines interact with public and private decision-making.

It offers the same broad range of career pathways as any science degree, and you will be more employable and effective for the skills developed through this specialisation. 

What you will study

You will study areas such as the nature of science, science and influence, science and decisions, science narratives, engaging and influencing non-scientists and practical skills in policy and influence. You will also follow an area of science alongside the prescribed policy and communication topics to provide science context to your program in areas such as chemistry, mathematics, physics, computer science and biology.

Further information

Bachelor of Science (Science Policy and Communication)