This course focuses on the multidisciplinary field of environmental communication and helps students understand the ways in which environmental issues and conflicts develop, the values underlying the ideologies on these issues, the ways in which these values are presented, and the variety of scientific and technical communication genres involved in understanding environmental communication messages. Significant focus is given to issues of race and racism.
- Analyze--with depth--underlying values including the legacy of racism and white privilege that propel disagreements about how the environment is defined and used.
- Understand the complexities of environmental issues with particular emphasis on how intersectionalities of socially-constructed identities contribute to the creation of disproportionate effects on overburdened communities, particularly communities of color.
- Demonstrate advanced understanding of the role of scientific and technical writing to promote environmental justice.
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills at an advanced level by evaluating how power relationships involving colonialism, race, class, and gender are embedded in environmental issues.
- Identify how groups, communities and institutions have developed rhetorically strategic responses to environmental concerns.
- Demonstrate Advanced skills in writing about environmental issues geared towards a specific audience, purpose, and situation as an individual, communal or institutional means of responding to environmental injustice and its impacts on indigenous peoples and people of color.
- Establish guidelines for effective environmental communication.
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum
- Explain the basic structure and function of various natural ecosystems and of human adaptive strategies within those systems.
- Discern patterns and interrelationships of bio-physical and socio-cultural systems.
- Describe the basic institutional arrangements (social, legal, political, economic, religious) that are evolving to deal with environmental and natural resource challenges.
- Evaluate critically environmental and natural resource issues in light of understandings about interrelationships, ecosystems, and institutions.
- Propose and assess alternative solutions to environmental problems.
- Articulate and defend the actions they would take on various environmental issues.