Environmental Communications: Writing and Reporting

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Course number: 
ERST 3502H
Instructor: 
Stephanie Landers
Instructor email: 
stephanielanders@trentu.ca
Level: 
undergraduate
School: 
Trent University
Year: 
2020
Course Description: 

Description:

Develop skills for plain-language written communication of environmental science to non-scientific audiences (general public, community groups, decision-makers, media, government and interdisciplinary workplace groups). Public science literacy, evolving media, and new communications technologies are examined. Written assignments in popular formats are emphasized.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand and articulate the importance of public communication of environmental science
  • Communicate environmental scientific concepts to a non-scientific audience using several methodologies
  • Manage readability and accessibility of writing 
  • Strategic use of social media, online and print publications to communicate environmental science topics to target audiences
  • Develop a considered view of how scientists and science knowledge can be communicated and represented in the media
  • Appreciation for how communications can influence human behaviors in order to contribute to the environmental movement
  • Ability to develop a strategically aligned environmental advocacy campaign