ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, COMMUNICATION, AND THE MEDIA
(Formerly Environmental and Risk Communication)
Offered Spring 2016
In this advanced writing seminar for undergraduates, students analyze major debates over the environment, climate change, and related technologies; assessing how they are portrayed by experts, advocates, and the media; and the implications for effective communication, policymaker engagement, and personal decision-making. Students will gain an integrated understanding of the different roles they can play as professionals, advocates, and consumers. In doing so, they will have improved their ability to find, discuss, evaluate, and use expert sources of information; assess competing media claims and narratives; think strategically and critically; write persuasive essays, analyses, and commentaries; and author evidence-based research papers.