• 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, Policy Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Rebecca Colvin
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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This course is available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. All students participate in interactive, real-time classes.

This course explores what constitutes effective communication for environment and climate policy. Taking the words people say as the tip of the communication iceberg, the course will look under the surface to see what lies beneath. By unpacking the complex (but fascinating) social and institutional dimensions of communication, the course will uncover what works - and what doesn't - for environment and climate policy. Across all topics, the course integrates the cross-cutting 4 P's: power, public opinion, the public sphere, and policy windows.

Weekly lectures explore each of the topics through a mix of peer-reviewed sources and real-world examples. Weekly interviews with world leading researchers on each topic provide additional perspectives that complement the lecture content. Students are expected to engage enthusiastically with weekly reading and writing tasks, and conduct original analyses of current environment and climate policy issues. The course provides an evidence-based, practical grounding in effective communication for environment and climate policy.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the social and institutional factors that shape environment and climate policy debates.
  2. Critically assess the communicative processes that affect environment and climate policy design and outcomes.
  3. Debate ethical and practical dimensions of environment and climate policy communication.
  4. Demonstrate competency in proposing evidence-informed strategies for environment and climate policy communication.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Reading reviews: Weekly critical reviews on topical readings. (24) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Reflection: Personal position statement exploring own values and experiences and how they affect position on environment and climate policy issues. (6) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Essay: Issue analysis of a chosen environment or climate policy issue, using course themes from weeks 1-6. (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Essay: Communications strategy and justification for a chosen environment or climate policy issue, using all course themes. (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Students can expect approximately 120 hours including class-time and private study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text for this course.

Preliminary Reading

All relevant readings will be provided via the course Wattle site, and are available through the ANU Library.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4560
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
4303 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View
4304 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 Online View

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