MSc in Education for the Environment and Sustainable Development

Course Information Package

Course Unit TitleENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION AND THE MEDIA
Course Unit CodeESD514
Course Unit DetailsMSc Education for the Environment and Sustainable Development (Electives Courses) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated9
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Outline the Media’s structure, copyrights, hierarchies, administration, institutional framework and forms of operation.
  2. To describe the agenda setting process and the criteria of selecting specific events.
  3. Assess the impact of the media on the perceptions and attitudes of the public and decision-making processes.
  4. Use the media for public interventions, following specific communicational strategies.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
PrerequisitesNONECo-requisitesNONE
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents-  The Media as a social institution and their interaction with other social institutions and authorities. The integration of the Media in social structures. The media as reproducers of social relations and introducers of social modernity. The case of the Cypriot society.
-  The Media as bureaucratic organizations of managing and disseminating information in the new environment of communications.
-  The process of setting the Media agenda and the factors affecting it. Special emphasis on environmental issues.
-  Evaluation and ranking criteria on Media agenda. Environmental issues and their presence in the press and the television.
-  Environmental communication and its objectives, as defined by European and local organisations.
-  The construction of communication strategies to promote environmental policies and Education for the Environment and Sustainable Development
-  Using the media to help raising public awareness and participation in resolving environmental issues.
-  Media’s impact on environmental policy decision making.
 
Recommended and/or required reading:
Textbooks
  • Papathanasopoulos, S. (Ed.) (2000) Communication and society from the 20th to the 21st Centrury, Kastaniotis, Athens.
  • Tsamboukou - Skannavi, Κ. (2004). Environment and Communication. Right in Choice, Caledoscopio.
References
  • Chrysanthou, Ch.. (2005). Journalism Lessons. Evaluation, classification and hierarchy of news. Education on the daily agenda of the Media, Hellin Publications, Athens.
  • Chrysanthou Ch. (2008). Media: Witnesses and actors. Interaction between the media and the socio-political life in Cyprus, 1878 -2008, Armida Publications, Nicosia.
  • Chrysanthou Ch. (2006). Environmental issues in the daily agenda of the media. From panic to information, in Chaltas C. (2006) Environment, Culture and the Orthodox Church, Conference Proceedings pp. 242-249, Kykkos Study Centre and PAntion University of Athens, Nicosia.
  • Corbett, J. (2006). Communicating Nature: How We Create and Understand Environmental Messages, Island Press, Washington.
  • Cox, R. (2006). Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks.
  • Moser, S. and Dilling, L. (2006). Creating a Climate for Change: Communicating Climate Change and Facilitating Social Change, Cambridge University Press, New York.
Planned learning activities and teaching methodsThis module is delivered through lectures, discussion, literature review and analysis of scientific articles, audiovisual aids, workshops and visits.
Assessment methods and criteria
Assignment 20%
Midterm Exam30%
Final Exam50%
Language of instructionGreek
Work placement(s)NO