This class is designed to enhance your public advocacy and speaking skills, while reviewing the different contexts and implications of environmental communication.  The course is a blend of skills and rhetorical theory. . . focusing on how we communicate about environmental issues in a global society.  It is a ton of fun for the self-motivated learner who wants to communicate an environmental message with more power!  Please join us, Nicole Colston



SPCH 095 Environmental Communication
92892 Z1


Course Description:

This course will investigate environmental communication, focusing on the rhetorical and persuasive efforts by numerous agencies and citizens to shape human interactions with the environment. Communication of environmental issues is essential for public awareness, information exchange, and action in an era of rapid population expansion and resource depletion which is leading to global unsustainability.  

Specific Goals:

  1. To increase student awareness of environmental issues, including the strategies and arguments used by groups, institutions, the media, and key individuals.
  2. To develop the ability to describe, analyze, and evaluate public communication about the environment.
  3. To develop a personal environmental ethic and corresponding advocacy messages.
 

Primary Readings (with numerous supplemental articles):


Sample Assignments:

1) Environmental News Assignment: Find a current environmental story in the news media. This can be a magazine article, newspaper story, TV show or Internet based story. Write a 2-3 page (500 word) analysis of the news coverage, drawing on class readings and your our insights and be prepared to make a short presentation to the class about your findings.  

2) Environment and Popular Culture Assignment: Find a cultural product that is based on an environmental theme. This can be any type of product, from an advertisement to a food product or any type of consumer product. Write a 2-3 page (500 word) analysis of this product drawing on class reading and your own insights, bring the item to class and be prepared to make a short presentation to the class about your findings.  

3) Local Environmental Group Assignment: Find a local environmental group and examine their visual and rhetorical strategies. How do they present themselves? How do they present their arguments? How do they reach their audience? Write a 3-4 page (750-1000 word) analysis of the environmental communication of this group, drawing on class reading and your own insights and be prepared to share your findings with the class