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Environmental Communication (CMST 1650)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course introduces basic concepts and theories designed to develop an understanding of how the environment and communication interact. You will learn the basic theories and principles of communication as they apply to the environment and develop skills to enhance your understanding, framing, and communication about environmental issues.

Topical Outline:
1. Basic concepts and principles of communication, the environment, and the public sphere
2. Social and symbolic constructions of the environment
3. Activism and environmental justice
4. Media and risk communication
5. Environmental advocacy campaigns
6. Mediating environmental controversy and conflict in scientific and policy situations

Learning Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the role of communication in framing environmental issues
2. Demonstrate the ability to construct logical and coherent arguments adapted to a particular audience regarding environmental issues
3. Understand the basic tenets of conflict resolution strategies for resolving differing environmental perspectives
4. Understand and apply advocacy and collaborative communication strategies to work through contentious issues

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052

  • Goal 1: Communication
  • Goal 10: People and the Environment