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Introduktionskurs till miljökommunikation-Samhälle , socialt samspel och kommunikativa färdigheter

Om miljöfrågorna skall kunna hanteras beror till stor del på människors tänkande och handlande och förmåga att lära av sina misstag. Hur en viss naturresurs skall användas (nyttjas eller överutnyttjas) bestäms i samtal och skriftväxling mellan människor. I denna kurs undersöker vi hur människor bildar sig en uppfattning om miljöfrågor, hur de samtalar, förstår och missförstår. Hur uppstår människors attityder och kunskap? Hur fungerar gruppdynamik och hur fungerar kommunikation inom och mellan grupper. Hur går det till då man lär sig något? Kursen är en introduktion till en socialpsykologisk förståelse för naturresurshanteringen. Vi arbetar med studenternas egna upplevelser och erfarenheter i fokus och teorier om kommunikation, lärande, gruppdynamik, attitydförändringar, handling och reflektion illustreras av övningar och tillämpning.

Information från kursledaren

Important: Please visit this page regularly for updates and more information before the course starts.


Canvas page published!

We have now published the Canvas page of the course. If you have an SLU IT account, you should be able to access it through the Canvas tap in this page. You should have also recieved a notification inviting to join the page in your SLU email.

If you don´t an SLU IT account or email, check below on how to activate it. You can get help on activating the account on Tuesday when we meet.

Important: Access to the Canvas course page does not mean you are registered to the course. You need to be present during the roll call on Tuesday in order to be registered.

Course registration

You will be registered for the course on the first course day after you respond to the roll call. It is thus very important that you attend this session in person. Because this is the first course of the programme you cannot register to it on Ladok on your own.

Note that students of the ECM MSc programme are expected to attend a separate introduction/registration session on Monday the 28th of August.

Bring your laptop on Tuesday

If possible bring your laptop to the course start session on Tuesday. Together we will explore the content of the Canvas page in order for you to get familiar with it. Alternatively you can use the Canvas app on your phone (see below for more information on Canvas)



Welcome to the Environmental Communication introduction course! We look forward to meeting you all on Tuesday 29th of August when the course starts. We will meet in room Framtiden in the MVM Building (Lennart Hjelms väg 9, 756 51 Uppsala see map here) at 9.00 sharp. In the messages below you will find important information. Please read carefully and note that changes may occur once the course begins. This course page will be used only before the course starts. After we will only use the CANVAS platform. We will intruduce you to Canvas on the first session so if possible bring your laptop. Alternatively you can use the Canvas app on your phone (see below for more information on Canvas)

For questions or comments about the course please contact camilo.calderon@slu.se.

We look forward to meeting you all!

Course Schedule, attendance and mandatory sessions

The course schedule can now be found in the "Schedule" link in this page. Note that changes may occur once the course starts.

Most of the activities of the course take place on campus. Only a few are online via Zoom (see details in schedule). On campus sessions cannot be attended via Zoom. You are experected to attend all sessions of the course. However there are a few mandaroty sessions connected to group work and assigments. The dates for these mandatory sessions are September 14, 15, 18,19 and 22, as well as October 12,13, 16 and 17. It is important that you plan ahead and make sure that you will attend these sessions. Missing a session will require compensatory assignments. Missing more that one session can imply not meeting the requirements for passing the course.

We will use one Zoom Link for all online course activities. The zoom link will be provided at the start of the course.

Literature List

In the tab Literature List below you will find the literature list of the course. This list comprises required readings for each course week. A detailed list including suplementary readings will be provided at the start of the course. Note that small changes in the literature list may occur. All reading will occur during allocated times in the course. All literature will be available in the course CANVAS page once the course starts. The course does not have a main course book that you need to buy.

Activating your SLU IT-Student account and accessing course CANVAS page.

CANVAS is the online course platform where you will find all course materials. To get access to Canvas (as well all other SLU´s digital tools including Zoom´s Pro Plan) you need to first activate your SLU IT-student account and get an SLU email. You can do this online from mid-August. The instructions on how to activate the IT account and on how to get started with SLU´s digital tools can be found in the Checklist for new students.

Once you activate the IT account you will get access to CANVAS platform (see details here). Right now we are setting up the course Canvas page. Once the page is published you will be able to see the course in the Canvas home page. Our goal is to publish the page latest on the 25th of August. You will get detailed information on how to use CANVAS on the first day of the course. Still, we recommend that you try to familiarize yourself with Canvas (including the phone app for students) before the course starts. We also recommend that you upload a picture of yourself to your profile.

Late arrival to Sweden

We understand that some of you might have delays with your travel to Sweden. But the 11th of September (two weeks after the course starts) is the last day for you to arrive in Sweden and be able to register for the course.

Important: If you know that you will arrive late and will be able to do so before the 11th of September please write an email to camilo.calderon@slu.se before the course starts. If it won't be possible for you to arrive on time and you want to save your place in the course or ECM programme for next year, you may apply for deferment of studies (see details here)


Kursplan och övrig information


Note: This list comprises required readings for each course week. A detailed list including suplementary readings will be provided at the start of the course. Note that small changes in the literature list may occur.

Course Week 1

Harrington, A. (2005). Modern Social Theory – An Introduction. Oxford University Press: Oxford

Introduction: What is social theory, pp. 1-14

Chapter 10: Structure and Agency, pp. 215-232

Marsh, D., & Furlong, P. (2010). A Skin Not a Sweater: Ontology and Epistemology in Political Science. In D. Marsh, & G. Stoker (Eds.), Theory and Methods in Political Science, 3 ed., pp. 184-211. Palgrave Macmillan.

Moon, K. and D. Blackman (2014). "A guide to understanding social science research for natural scientists." Conservation Biology 28(5), pp. 1167-1177.

Course Week 2

Pezzullo, P., Cox, R. (2018). Environmental communication and the public sphere. 5th edition. Sage publications: Washington DC.

Chapter 1: Defining Environmental Communication

Milstein, T., (2009). Environmental communication theories. Encyclopedia of communication theory, 2, pp. 345-349.

MISTRA EC (2019). MISTRA Environmental Communication: reframing communication for sustainability, Program Plan. Retrieved from: https://www.slu.se/globalassets/ew/subw/mistraec/about/mistra-environmental-communication-programme-plan-for-year-3-final-complete-2021.pdf

Section 2: Scientific value of the programme

Course Week 3

Joas and Knoebl (2009). Interpretive approaches (1). Symbolic interactionism. In Social theory Cambridge University Press

Buijs, A., Hovardas, T., Castro, P., Devine-Wright, P., Figari, H., Fischer, A., Mouro, C., Selge, S. (2012): Understanding people's ideas on natural resource management: research on social representations of nature and the environment. Society and Natural Resources 25, pp. 1167–1181.

MacGregor, S., (2017). Gender and environment: An introduction. In S. MacGregor (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Gender and Environment. (Routledge International Handbooks). Routledge.

Only pages 1-6

Hathaway, J.R., (2020). Climate Change, the Intersectional Imperative, and the Opportunity of the Green New Deal. Environmental Communication 14, 13–22.

Course Week 7-8

Innes, J. and Booher, D. (2016). Collaborative rationality as a strategy for working with wicked problems. Landscape and Urban Planning, 154**, **pp. 8-10.

Reed, M. S. (2008). Stakeholder participation for environmental management: A literature review. Biological Conservation, 141, pp. 2417-2431.

Brulle, R. J. (2010). From Environmental Campaigns to Advancing the Public Dialogue: Environmental Communication for Civic Engagement, Environmental Communication, 4(1), pp. 82-98

Sprain, L., Over, B.V., & Morgan, E.L. (2016). Divergent meanings of community.

Westin, M., Hallgren, L., Montgomerie, E. (2023). Between authority and argumentation: facilitators’ use of power in collaborative governance. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.

Westin, M. (2019) Rethinking power in participatory planning: towards reflective practice. Dissertation. SLU, Uppsala.

Pages. 11-12.


Kursen ges som en fristående kurs: Ja Kursen ges som en programkurs: EnvEuro - European Master in Environmental Science Miljökommunikation - masterprogram Kursavgift: Studieavgift, endast för medborgare utanför EU, EES, och Schweiz: 38060 SEK Nivå: A1N
Ämne: Miljövetenskap
Kurskod: MX0115 Anmälningskod: SLU-10363 Plats: Uppsala Distanskurs: Nej Undervisningsspråk: Engelska Ansvarig institution: Institutionen för stad och land Studietakt: 100%