• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Environmental Management & Development
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Steven Cork
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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“Environmental Communication is the planned and strategic use of communication processes to support effective policy-making and project implementation geared towards environmental sustainability.” (OECD) 

 

Environmental policy focuses on issues arising from human impact on the natural environment. This course will examine how public policy is developed and the role played by different forms of communication in the policy processes, with a particular focus on contentious environmental issues. Most of the examples used will have a significant environmental component but the themes of the course are also broadly relevant to the development of other types of policy in politically pluralist societies such as Australia and the United States. The course will use public policy and communications activities in those countries as the starting point but students from elsewhere will be encouraged to make comparisons with their home countries. The nature of public opinion, and how it is shaped, will be examined along with a look at the impact of public opinion in the policy process. We will also look rise of environmental consciousness and the concept of sustainability, now a cornerstone of much public policy.  Media such as newspapers, televisions, radio and the web in its various forms, including social media, will be examined along with other forms of communications such as citizen activism, public participation, political campaigning, advertising and public relations.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students will have learnt to critically assess:

  • the processes through which environmental policy is developed, and related communications activities are conducted,
  • the competing discourses relating to environmental policy,
  • methods used by interests groups to influence environmental policy debates,
  • government efforts to promote public participation and mobilise support for their policies, and
  • ways that can be used by citizens to participate in public debates about environmental policy.

Indicative Assessment

25% for a series of 300 word pre-class commentaries on material to be discussed in class (to be handed in at the beginning of the relevant class session)

25% for a1000 word analysis of a significant environmental policy document, due in Week 2.

50% for a research essay or policy project.

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Workload

Lectures, web based discussion and weekly tutorials

Prescribed Texts

Cox R 2015, Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere, (4th edition) Sage, Los Angeles. 

Indicative Reading List

A reading brick will be available

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
7898 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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