Communication, Media & Politics in the Anthropocene

Shifting Ideas, Shifting Opinion, Shifting Policy
Environmental Issues, Communication & the Media

Environmental Issues, Communication & the Media

In a Spring 2016 course, students analyze major debates over the environment, climate change, and related technologies, studying how they are portrayed by experts, advocates, and the media; and evaluating the implications for effective public communication, policymaker engagement, and personal decision-making.
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AAAS Science & Technology Fellows Lecture -- Building a Civic Science Culture & Bridging the Public/Policy Divide

AAAS Science & Technology Fellows Lecture — Building a Civic Science Culture & Bridging the Public/Policy Divide

As interest in effective science communication and public engagement has exploded over the past few years, still missing is coordinated thinking and strategy specific to longterm societal goals and policy outcomes. Too much of the discussion has focused narrowly on skills training and the application of social science insights without a longterm social change vision....
The Civic Science Lab: Engaging the Public & Policymakers

The Civic Science Lab: Engaging the Public & Policymakers

Camden High School students learn about the potential of wind power to address climate change and benefit Maine communities by studying a wind power installation on their campus — Portland Press Herald. Sponsored by the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine IGERT Adaptation to Abrupt Climate Change Program Tuesday May 17 — Friday May 20 Stodder...
Will the health dangers of climate change get people to care? The science says: maybe

Will the health dangers of climate change get people to care? The science says: maybe

–This article originally appeared at The Conversation. Read the original article. Climate change is a major public health threat, already making existing problems like asthma, exposure to extreme heat, food poisoning, and infectious disease more severe, and posing new risks from climate change-related disasters, including death or injury. Those were the alarming conclusions of a new...
Health Communication: Spring 2016 Syllabus and Readings

Health Communication: Spring 2016 Syllabus and Readings

Download PDF of Syllabus             In this course, you learn about the relevant scientific, social, and ethical dimensions of major public health debates and problems; the generalizable theories, frameworks, and methods that scholars use to analyze them; and the implications for effective public communication and personal decision-making. Assignments include facilitating class discussion, class presentations, short...