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Communication theories and strategies for use in environmental science

Course

Environmental Communication

7.5 credits

SS2020

100%

Campus

This Master’s level course focuses on communication between stakeholders and aims to promote the understanding of complex environmental issues. It examines communication strategies with the general public, as well as public attitudes towards environmental issues. Communication theories are assessed regarding the understanding of environmental issues.

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Knowledge and expertise for the analysis and management of environmental change The interdisciplinary format of Environmental Science contributes to a wide range of available professions being open to you after graduation. You have the knowledge to analyse environmental change and society’s management of this, for example in research or consultancy work. Or you can contribute through knowledge of the management of environmental and sustainability issues, or provide information and communication activities about the environment and sustainability at companies or interest groups. Expertise on the environment and sustainable development is needed at all companies and organisations that analyse, communicate and manage issues related to sustainability and the environment. These are found in both the public and private sectors. Examples of workplaces include municipalities, state and international environmental management organisations or private businesses that work on sustainability and the environment. Studying Environmental Science provides direct links to local, national and global challenges in sustainability and the environment. It provides you with a stable background on which to promote societal debate and management of these issues, both in politics and in everyday life. Read about research in this subject
Learn to communicate effectively with stakeholders and the public On this course, you will examine communication processes between heterogeneous sets of stakeholders, with the aim of promoting understanding of complex environmental issues, as well as analysing communication strategies with the general public and relating them to institutional structures, as well as to public attitudes towards environmental issues. You will also analyse and evaluate the different roles of organisations in the processes involved in environmental communication, as well as assessing communication theories, including risk/crisis communication, to gain an understanding of communication processes about environmental issues, both within organisations and from organisations to the public, the media and other institutions. You will learn to apply advanced theoretical frameworks to different cases and issues in risk communication, public relations, and media activism, and to present and discuss literature reviews and reports, as well as examining ethical aspects of the media in relation to theories of environmental communication. Teaching staff on the course are active researchers, who link the course content to current research where appropriate. Course design The course is built up around lectures, with group meetings and compulsory discussion seminars. Grades are awarded on the basis of oral contributions in the discussion seminars and a written take-home exam.
Study how the links between humans and nature affect the environment When you study Environmental Science, you investigate the links between humanity and nature, and how these links affect the environment and sustainable development. The subject includes important societal issues and sustainability targets. You gain an understanding of environmental problems and the origin, scope and management of environmental change. You also get to look in detail at current environmental issues, such as reduced biodiversity, environmental toxins and climate issues. The subject has an interdisciplinary approach because it focuses on both humans and nature. This means that you study scientific subjects as much as subjects in the social sciences, giving you a broad understanding of contemporary and future challenges. For example, you study the link between the environment and people’s socioeconomic conditions, and how human activities such as agriculture and chemical use have an impact on ecosystems. Environmental Science has a broad and comprehensive perspective in which you investigate how society manages environmental issues and environmental problems. The subject also covers specific issues, such as the Baltic Sea’s environmental problems, the influence of forestry, and urban environments.