Communications and the Environment

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Course number: 
COM/ENVIR 418
Instructor: 
Michele Poff
Instructor email: 
poffm@u.washington.edu
Level: 
undergraduate
School: 
University of Washington
Course Description: 

This course examines the role of the mass media in environmental communication and how that influences public opinion on environmental issues. Students conduct original research, examining mass media output on a single environmental issue from sources representing two different ideologies (e.g. liberal/conservative, US/UK, US/Australia, etc.). Goals are to recognize a) our environmental views are constructed by mass media; b) specific ideological perspectives will present environmental views consistent with those ideologies, suggesting that environmental perspectives are ideologically driven; c) public opinion results from mass media representations of the environment; d) social movement tensions result from diverse values and ideological perspectives in play.

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