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Spring 2016-2017
* ENV 316   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Climate Science and Communications

Michael D. Lemonick
Flora Lichtman

In order to 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 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 in both print and video. The course begins with an overview of the state of climate science and communications. We then discuss critical elements of journalism, and apply those discussions in a series of writing assignments. The last weeks focus on video production using Final Cut Pro software.

Sample reading list:
Heidi Cullen, The Weather of the Future
Climate Central Global Weirdness
Elizabeth Kolbert, Field Notes from a Catastrophe
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Assignments will be a combination of readings, writing, and video production. The grading percentage allocated to "Other" is as follows: Writing assignments: 20%; First video exercise: 10%; Final video, which serves as the final exam: 30%

Class/Precept Participation - 40%
Other (See Instructor) - 60%

Other Requirements:
Statistical, design or other software use required

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

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40364 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   207   Enrolled:14 Limit:20