• Offered by Environmental Management & Development Program
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Environmental Management & Development
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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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

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

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. 2012, Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere, (3rd edition) Sage, Los Angeles.

Preliminary Reading

A reading brick will be available

Fees

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution 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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1338
2004 $2412
2005 $2988
2006 $3084
2007 $3132
2008 $3402
2009 $3570
2010 $3570
2011 $3576
2012 $3582
2013 $3582
2014 $3582
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3672
2004 $3864
2005 $3864
2006 $3864
2007 $3864
2008 $4002
2009 $4002
2010 $4134
2011 $4134
2012 $4140
2013 $4140
2014 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7699 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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