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Environmental Discourses and Communication

During the course, the student develop an understanding of how the forest and the landscape are part of society. Socially critical perspectives are applied to conditions concerning e.g. relations between human and nature, ethics, culture, equality, politics and power. Perspectives from different disciplines and sectors will be discussed.

The course is divided into three parts. The first part deals with approaches to environmental discourses and communication in different contexts (e.g. urban-rural, or global north- global south). Relevant research and theories are introduced through literature and seminars and applied in co-learning processes. This part supports the students understanding of how ethics and communication, discourses and storytelling are related.

The second part aims to explore how discourses, values, norms and worldviews are translated into rhetorics, action and decision-making. Engaging in sustainability policies and goals as a lens and working critically with those, the students train reflexivity and argumentation concerning ethical conflicts. Real-life cases, from which the students will select for the case-study based assignment in part 3, are introduced.

The third part synthesizes the previous parts by application of the theoretical and communicative tools on selected cases. The students identify an ethical dilemma and develop potential approaches to cope with the dilemma. The assignment is presented through creative and sensible use of communication tools. This part relates to the previous modules by stressing reflection on ethics.

Compulsory moments for the three parts include: Attendance to literature seminars and presentation of written reflection; developing an argumentation in a written assignment related to ethical conflicts and sustainability policy and goals; and a presentation and communication of a case study assignment.

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Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Forest and Landscape (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 74990 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level (G1F)
Subject: Landscape Architecture
Course code: LK0444 Application code: SLU-40084 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management Pace: 100%