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Entry requirements: The equivalent of English B and a Bachelor's degree including 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.

  • Application SS19 week 19-23, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-44176
  • 15/09/2019 SS20 week 19-23, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-44008

Communicating Scientific Knowledge and Complex Environmental Issues

Course 7,5 credits

In this course, students analyse and assess key aspects of how to communicate scientific knowledge and complex environmental issues to a diverse range of stakeholders in the domain of environmental decision-making. We examine how experts in environmental science communicate problems and solutions to other experts and stakeholders, such as politicians, media and the public. Starting with theories of scientific communication, environmental rhetoric and popularisation of science, students complete different assignments to practice communication with different actors.

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

Course design

This course includes lectures but builds primarily on compulsory seminars and supervised group assignments and discussions. A central role is given to guest lecturers, both for giving lectures on how to work with science and environmental communication and for discussing the students' presentations.

Learning outcomes

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

  • explain how different communication tools and forms of communication can be brought into line with the needs of different stakeholders
  • analyse how scientific knowledge and complex environmental issues can be communicated to a diverse range of stakeholders
  • use and assess different communication tools and rhetorical strategies
  • present scientific knowledge and complex environmental concepts in different forms to different audiences
  • critically assess the role of communication between different stakeholders in environmental issues
  • assess the political and ethical impact of different forms of communication.


The course is examined by:

  • An individual written home examination
  • Written group assignments
  • Oral presentations
  • Seminars and guest lectures
  • Written seminar assignments
Absence from compulsory seminars can, after consultation with the course coordinator, be compensated for by other assignments. Absence from more than 50% of the seminars requires that the student take the course again. Supplementary assignments must be handed in within one year of course completion.
The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

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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