COMM 413 - Environmental Communication
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Communication Studies (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication Studies
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course serves as an introduction to the theory and practice of environmental and science communication. Topics include media depictions of environmental issues, the role of the media in influencing public opinion and policy actions, expert environmental communication by scientists and policy-makers, and theories that guide effective strategic environmental communication. We will engage with many of the critical environmental issues of our day, including climate change, fracking, support for renewable energy initiatives, and many more. Communication is the process of sending and receiving a message through some medium. The content can be the words a person says, the clothes a person wears, or the gestures a person makes. Content is not generated alone; it includes a sender, a receiver, and a medium or channel for communication. These often operate in a transactive fashion through reciprocal levels of influence. Finally, communication operates within a larger context – the world around us. The world, however, may be as small or large as we make it. It may refer to the interaction between neural receptors in the brain, the dynamics between a couple, or larger social and cultural influences. But by focusing on a few critical areas of environmental communication, we will build a foundation for your independent investigation into an area of interest. At its core, this is a class that will provide tools for you to be a better storyteller, understand how various environmental narratives come about, and the influences that different types of narratives have on us and the world around us.

Intended Audience:

Juniors and Seniors.

Class Format:

1.5 hours twice per week.

COMM 413 - Environmental Communication
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
1Comm St Major
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: 13 seats reserved for Communication Studies Majors until 4/10/18. Cross-listed with ENVIRON 413.001
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