The ten-month study of popular science program are intense courses dealing with the theory underlying effective communication, practical challenges posed by the effective extension of science and science issues in society. It also examines the science in the press as well as radio, television and the Internet, science centers and science presentations to a live audience. Under ten graduate courses given in the space of a year on the Laurentian campus or near Science North, members of the student population are introduced to the theory and principles of popular science, scientific questions affecting society, the practical experience of oral communications, mass media, mounting exhibitions and information technology.
Courses fit into four modules:
Module 1 - Theoretical and practical
Module 2 - Understanding the development process
Module 3 - Experience developing
Module 4 - Research Project
Experience in scientific outreach program launched during the last week of August, at Science North during the transition from high season visitors to the tourist season of late summer. Through workshops interspersed with course work, members of the student acquire specific skills and develop thinking skills that are required in writing in all courses. In the first quarter, the courses provide the theoretical foundations and the societal context on which to base the rest of the program.