English translation of course syllabus

Environmental Communication, 7.5 credits

(Miljökommunikation, 7,5 högskolepoäng)

Course code MJ006A
Subject area Environmental Science
Main field of study Environmental Science
Progressive specialisation A1N (Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements)
Academic school School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies
Disciplary domain Natural sciences 20%
Social sciences 80%
Grading scale AF
Education cycle Second-cycle (Master)
Language of instruction English
Valid from Spring semester 2024


This course syllabus was validated by the Management Board of the School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies at Södertörn University on 2023-04-26 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

Entry requirements

The equivalent of English 6 and a Bachelor's degree in natural science, social sciences or humanities including a minimum of 90 credits relevant to the environment, sustainability or global development.

Learning outcomes

On completing the course, the student can:

  • critically evaluate and compare different theories and perspectives in the field of environmental communication.
  • analyse and evaluate the different roles of organisations in processes of environmental communication.
  • apply an advanced theoretical framework to case studies and issues using risk and crisis communication in various organisations and social movements.
  • present and discuss literature reviews and reports, orally and in writing.
  • critically assess media-related ethical aspects in relation to theories of environmental communication.

Course content, modules and examinations

The course focuses on communication processes between different stakeholders and aims to advance the understanding of complex environmental issues. Communication strategies with the general public are analysed and related to institutional structures, as well as to public attitudes about environmental issues.

Various communication theories, including risk/crisis communication, are assessed in order to gain an understanding of communication processes about environmental issues, both within organisations and from organisations to the public, the media and other institutions.

1001, Environmental Communication, 7.5 credits
(Miljökommunikation, 7,5 högskolepoäng)
Grades permitted: AF

Course design

The course is designed around lectures, combined with group meetings and compulsory seminars.

Examination format

The course is examined through:

  • Written take-home examination
  • Oral contributions in seminars.

Absence from a maximum of 50% of the seminars can be compensated for with written assignments. These assignments must be handed in within one year of the end of the course.

The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

If a student has a certificate from Södertörn University for compensatory support, the examiner has the right to decide on an adapted examination or alternative form of examination in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

Restrictions on accreditation

The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.