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Analyse how environmental issues are portrayed in the media


Media and the Environment

7.5 credits




This course analyses how environmental issues are framed in the mediated public sphere, how stakeholders communicate in this sphere, and the relationships between these stakeholders. It also examines the role of the media in different media systems and uses theories relating to the public sphere, media systems, news sociology and risk society.

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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
The media and its role in communicating environmental issues On this Master’s level course, you will describe, compare and assess the major traditions of media and communications theory, and methods relevant to environmental issues, analysing the role of the media as a central societal institution, a stakeholder and a form of representation that is relevant to environmental studies. You will also assess theoretical approaches and case studies, making connections between the media and their social and cultural settings, as well as learning to apply an advanced theoretical framework to a given set of data or observations on issues related to media and the environment. The oral and written presentation of reports and literature reviews is included on the course, along with the evaluation of the political impact of mediated communication in relation to democratisation and sustainable development. Course design This course primarily builds on lectures that are combined with compulsory seminars. These are designed to assist you with studying the course literature, which includes research articles. Grades are awarded through a written home examination and oral contributions in seminars.
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