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Spring 2012-2013
* ENV 316   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Climate Science and Communications

Heidi M. Cullen
Michael D. Lemonick


In order to assess and address the risks of climate change, people need accurate information. Most of this information comes from the world of science and requires translation. The role of trained science communicators is crucial. The goal of this course is to give students the technical, narrative and critical-evaluation skills needed to communicate climate science across a variety of media - print, graphical, podcast, and video. The course begins with an overview of the state of climate science and communications. We then discuss critical elements of journalism. The last weeks focus on video production using Final Cut.

Sample reading list:
Heidi Cullen, The Weather of the Future
Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
Elizabeth Kolbert, Field Notes from a Catastrophe
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Assignments will be a combination of readings, writing, audio and video production. The grading percentage allocated to "Other" is as follows: Article/Podcast: 20%; Infographic or Animation in Lieu of Midterm: 20%; the finished video will count as the final exam: 40%.

Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 80%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Strong interest in science and communications; no previous coursework or experience necessary..

Other information:
This course will fulfill a humanities cognate for ENV Certificate students. Applications may be obtained by sending an email to Angela Petsis at Prominent guest speakers in the Communications/Journalism field will be invited to further inform the process.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42836 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Lewis Library   122   Enrolled:17 Limit:20