Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere

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Course number: 
COMM 675 (ENST 675)
Instructor: 
Robert Cox
Instructor email: 
rcox1@email.unc.edu
Level: 
graduate
School: 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Course Description: 

This class explores the communication and public forums that are used in environmental controversies in the U.S. By studying these controversies, you'll become familiar with: ways that language (and images) influence our perceptions of "Nature"; how individuals participate in environmental decisions; collaboration and consensus in resolving environmental conflicts ; news media and environmental journalism; advocacy campaigns by groups like the Sierra Club; how "acceptable risk" is socially constructed; new grassroots movements for "environmental justice" and "climate justice"; science communication and "Early Warners"; corporations' use of "green marketing" and "greenwashing."

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