This course will explore the field of environmental communication and the ways that environmental information is created, framed, and disseminated in a digital age. Students will practice locating and evaluating information about environmental topics, and then using this information to convey meaning in electronic formats. Topics to be covered include symbolic constructions of the environment, communication about science and risk, use of language in constructing mental models, how media reports on environmental issues, how public opinions are formed, the use of social media and blogs in promoting specific viewpoints about the environment, corporate use of green marketing, and the ability of citizens to communicate their environmental concerns through public forums and environmental justice campaigns. Students will examine the role of peer reviewed journals, journalistic sources, social media, and blogs in environmental communication, and will collaborate to build a wiki about a controversial topic that they have researched in depth. This is an ONLINE course.
Fall, Online Course
Social Science (SS)
One environmental course, sophomore standing