Translation of the Swedish course syllabus

Communicating Scientific Knowledge and Complex Environmental Issues, 7.5 credits

(Kommunikation av vetenskaplig kunskap och komplexa miljöfrågor, 7,5 högskolepoäng)
Course code: 1163MJ
Subject area: Environmental Science
Main field of study: Environmental Science
Academic school: School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies
Disciplinary domain: Natural Sciences 50% Social Sciences 50%
Grading scale: AF
Education cycle: Second-cycle (Master)
Progressive specialisation: A1N (Second cycle. Entry requirements: completed first-cycle course/s)
Language of instruction: English
Valid from: HT 2018 (autumn semester)

1. Validation

This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board at Södertörn University on 2018-04-23 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

2. Entry requirements

The equivalent of English B and a Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in Environmental Science, Bioscience, Political Science, Sociology, International Health, Media and Communication Studies or the equivalent.

3. Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student is able to:
  • explain how different communication tools and forms of communication can be brought into line with the needs of different stakeholders
  • analyse how scientific knowledge and complex environmental issues can be communicated to a diverse range of stakeholders
  • use and assess different communication tools and rhetorical strategies
  • present scientific knowledge and complex environmental concepts in different forms to different audiences
  • critically assess the role of communication between different stakeholders in environmental issues
  • assess the political and ethical impact of different forms of communication.

4. Course content, modules and examinations

This course assesses and analyses key aspects of communicating scientific knowledge and complex environmental issues to a diverse range of stakeholders in the domain of environmental decision-making. It also examines how experts in environmental science communicate problems and solutions to other experts, politicians, media and the public. Using theories on scienctific communication, environmental rhetoric and popularisation of science as a basis, students complete different assignments to practice communication with different stakeholders.

  • Communicating Scientific Knowledge & Environmental Issues, 7,5 credits
    (Kommunikation av vetenskaplig kunskap & komplexa miljöfrågor, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

    1001, Communicating Scientific Knowledge & Environmental Issues, 7,5 credits
    (Kommunikation av vetenskaplig kunskap & komplexa miljöfrågor, 7.5 högskolepoäng)
    Grades permitted: A/B/C/D/E/F

5. Course design

This course includes lectures but builds primarily on compulsory seminars and supervised group assignments and discussions. A central role is given to guest lecturers, both for giving lectures on how to work with science and environmental communication and for discussing the students' presentations.

6. Examination format

The course is examined by:
  • An individual written home examination
  • Written group assignments
  • Oral presentations
  • Seminars and guest lectures
  • Written seminar assignments

    Absence from compulsory seminars can, after consultation with the course coordinator, be compensated for by other assignments. Absence from more than 50% of the seminars requires that the student take the course again. Supplementary assignments must be handed in within one year of course completion.
    The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.
 The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

If a student has a certificate for compensatory support from Södertörn University, the examiner may decide on an adapted examination or alternative examination form in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

7. Reading list

If there are changes in the reading list between semesters, a new list for the next semester is to be validated no later than July 15 and December 15 respectively.
Valid from Valid to Decision date Decision board
VT 2019HT 20192018-11-19Programrådet för Master's Programme in Environmental Science
VT 20202019-11-06Programrådet för Master´s Programme in Environmental Science

8. Restrictions on accreditation

The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.

9. Other stipulations
Following the Vice-Chancellors decision on internationalization and grade scale at Södertörn University College (dnr: 1148-1.1.2-2018), this syllabus replaces the syllabus with course code 1093MJ, with the difference that the grade system has been updated. The syllabus is determined through special order (dnr: 1776-2.1.1-2018).