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Entry requirements: The equivalent of English B and a Bachelor's degree including a minimum of 90 credits in Environmental Science, Bioscience, Political Science, Sociology, International Health, Media and Communication Studies, or the equivalent

Selection: On the basis of previous university credits. Between 30 and 285 credits may be taken into account.

  • Closed... AS18 week 46-50, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-44157
  • 15/03/2019 AS19 week 45-49, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-44016

Media and the Environment

Course 7,5 credits

Issues such as climate change, global warming, biodiversity and nuclear waste, and the decisions taken in relation to them, are greatly influenced by the media. The media is a fundamental part of the public sphere and functions as an arena as well as a stakeholder. This course is for those who are interested in understanding a) the role the media plays in how we perceive and make decisions related to environmental issues and risks, and b) the environmental communication between different actors and stakeholders in society. Attention is also given to issues such as media, democracy and power in the context of the environment, as well as the role of the media in different media systems around the world. This is a Master's course for those interested in learning about and working in the field of communication, environmental issues and decision making. It is also given as part of the Master's Programme in Environmental Science specialising in Environment, Communication and Politics.

The information below comes from the syllabus and is valid from: autumn semester 2018

Course design

This course primarily builds on lectures in combination with compulsory seminars. These lectures and seminars are mainly designed to assist students in the study of the course literature, including selected research articles.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student is able to:

  • describe, compare and assess the major traditions of media and communications theory and methods relevant to environmental issues
  • understand and analyse the role of the media as a central social institution, a stakeholder and a form of representation relevant to environmental studies
  • in an autonomous manner, assess given theoretical approaches and case studies, making connections between the media and their social and cultural settings
  • apply an advanced theoretical framework to a given set of data or observations on issues related to media and the environment
  • present reports and literature reviews in oral and written forms
  • critically assess the role of the media for different stakeholders in the environmental sphere
  • evaluate the political impact of mediated communication in relation to
democratisation and sustainable development.


Written home examination and oral contributions in seminars.

Grading criteria will be distributed at course/module start.

Syllabus valid from autumn semester 2018

The above information and syllabus are based on the most recently validated decision. Any previous versions are available here.


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