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54094 Environmental Communication

8cp
Requisite(s): (32 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10359 Bachelor of Communication (Digital and Social Media) Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation OR 32 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10361-C10364, and Category Type = Bachelor's Degree OR 32 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10365-C10368, and Category Type = Bachelor's Combined Degree OR 32 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10369 Bachelor of Communication (Creative Writing) OR 32 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10370 Bachelor of Communication (Creative Writing) Bachelor of Arts International Studies OR 32 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10371 Bachelor of Communication (Digital and Social Media) OR 32 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10372-C10383, and Category Type = Bachelor's Combined Degree)) OR ((24 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10246-C10251, and Category Type = Bachelor's Degree OR 24 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10252-C10263, and Category Type = Bachelor's Combined Degree OR 24 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10264 Bachelor of Global Studies OR 24 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10311 Bachelor of Arts Communication (Creative Writing) OR 24 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10312-C10313, and Category Type = Bachelor's Combined Degree OR 24 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10314 Bachelor of Arts Communication (Digital and Social Media) OR 24 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10315-C10316, and Category Type = Bachelor's Combined Degree OR 24 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10317 Bachelor of Arts Communication (Cultural Studies) OR 24 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10318-C10319, and Category Type = Bachelor's Combined Degree OR 24 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10332-C10337, and Category Type = Bachelor's Combined Degree OR 24 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10269 Bachelor of Sound and Music Design OR 24 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10270 Bachelor of Sound and Music Design Bachelor of Arts International Studies OR 24 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10276 Bachelor of Music and Sound Design OR 24 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10277 Bachelor of Music and Sound Design Bachelor of Arts International Studies)
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 58328 The New Economy of Post-Nature

Description

This subject explores the strategies through which citizens, corporations, public officials, journalists, artists, environmental groups and Indigenous people strive to influence public debate and shape important decisions that affect the future of the planet. While many environmental controversies hinge on scientific evidence, decisions about what to do turn on how that evidence is communicated, and on perceptions of science, technology and nature in the public sphere. This subject focuses on climate change as a fundamental challenge in environmental communication. Students are introduced to key theories, concepts and practices in science communication, risk anticipation, environmental policy and environmental studies. They analyse how knowledge of existing and anticipated environmental hazard is communicated in public forums, the often unexamined cultural and ideological commitments embedded in talk about the environment, and the ways that ignorance and uncertainty (lack of knowledge, secrecy, disinformation) can be manipulated to shape public opinion and set policy agendas. Students research and analyse case studies and/or develop their own environmental communication projects across a range of local and international environmental issues. Framing the different topics explored in this subject is the concept of the 'Anthropocene' which has become increasingly influential in both the human and natural sciences. This is the notion that we as a species have entered a new geological epoch in which – intentionally or otherwise – humankind is dramatically altering the geology, ecology, evolution and climate of the Earth.


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