The international German university of Rhine-Waal is starting a degree programme on International Science Communication” in autumn 2014. The curriculum is explicitly transdisciplinary, consisting one half each of the basics of all the main natural and economic sciences, as well as the theory and practice of science journalism, PR, and political communication. A transcultural perspective will allow for a comparative approach towards the different science systems, media landscapes, societal issues, attitudes towards science and technological change, as well as different political cultures. We therefore expect the 3-year programme to be the first of its kind worldwide. It is going to be taught entirely in English, will involve several work placements, a compulsory semester abroad, and will be tuition-free also for Non-German and even Non-European students. The only entry barrier (apart from outstanding language skills) will therefore be talent, potential and motivation of the applicants. Didactically the course will make extensive use of experience-based blended-learning concepts. Considering the innovative character of the study programme we would very much like to discuss the pros & cons of the curricular outline with the PCST community, in Salvador, and establish international cooperations for student exchange and joint research projects.

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International science communication
Introducing a new approach

Alexander Gerber   Rhine Waal University, Germany

The international German university of Rhine-Waal is starting a degree programme on International Science Communication” in autumn 2014. The curriculum is explicitly transdisciplinary, consisting one half each of the basics of all the main natural and economic sciences, as well as the theory and practice of science journalism, PR, and political communication. A transcultural perspective will allow for a comparative approach towards the different science systems, media landscapes, societal issues, attitudes towards science and technological change, as well as different political cultures. We therefore expect the 3-year programme to be the first of its kind worldwide. It is going to be taught entirely in English, will involve several work placements, a compulsory semester abroad, and will be tuition-free also for Non-German and even Non-European students. The only entry barrier (apart from outstanding language skills) will therefore be talent, potential and motivation of the applicants. Didactically the course will make extensive use of experience-based blended-learning concepts. Considering the innovative character of the study programme we would very much like to discuss the pros & cons of the curricular outline with the PCST community, in Salvador, and establish international cooperations for student exchange and joint research projects.

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