Master’s: Mediation of the Sciences
Université Bordeaux Montaigne is offering this Master’s programme in Scientific and Technical Information and Mediation in conjunction with the University of Bordeaux. It includes theory-based, methodology-based and applied course units.
The programme of study is based on research activity and experience of the professional context. It is also based on a common core curriculum made up of course units on the philosophy, sociology and history of the sciences and scientific techniques. From Semester 2 onwards, course units vary according to the subject pathway chosen.
There are two possible subject pathways:
• A vocationally oriented subject pathway entitled ‘Mediation of the Sciences (MS)’, which aims at students’ direct entry into employment and which combines university teaching with skills gained via experience of different socioeconomic contexts.
• A subject pathway entitled ‘Epistemology and History of Sciences and Techniques (EHST)’, which is geared towards research-oriented professions and which draws primarily on the scientific output of the team of university lecturer-researchers and teaching staff who contribute to this programme.
The key objectives of the ‘Mediation of the Sciences’ pathway are to:
- bring together and analyse the knowledge needed to develop strategies for mediation of the sciences, in light of the needs of the target audience;
- know how to identify the different linguistic registers and to adapt communication outputs for a given audience;
- understand the issues at stake in scientific communication, for the different stakeholders within a given communication process;
- structure mediation processes with recourse to a varied range of tools and innovative measures, which are likely to be interactive, collaborative and participative;
- determine the consequences of a mediation operation and measure the extent to which it has achieved its objectives.
Graduates are capable of designing and overseeing communication activities, of running projects in a communication agency and of designing and organising events for entities that handle the propagation and mediation of the sciences. They know how to measure the extent to which the objectives of a given communication activity have been achieved. Their editorial skills enable them to work for specialised, scientific or health publications.