Course Title: Communicating the Environment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Communicating the Environment

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Daniel Binns

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5024

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 9.4.35

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment by email only

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore the concept of ‘the environment’, and the ways that environmental issues are communicated across platforms including – but not limited to – television, cinema, music, social media, journalism, and activism.

You will observe how the environment has been conceived and communicated across the last 50 years, how it has been celebrated, shunned, politicised, and exploited. Accepting climate change as fact, this course focuses on the language, poetry, sights, data, and sounds of the environment.

In addition to analysing existing climate and environmental communication methods, you’ll also explore your own activities and modes of outreach, developing your own ways to make change and inspire others to do the same.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This is an Option course, which will complement the learning outcomes you are developing in your program.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify trends across the history of environmental communication
  2. Analyse the communication of these trends across different media modes and platforms
  3. Prepare and develop persuasive academic and non- academic arguments around environmental issues

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities which may include lectures, seminars, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

Overview of Learning Resources

There is no set textbook for this course. Rather, RMIT will provide you with readings, resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

There are also services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessments will involve a mixture of academic and non-academic work across various forms/platforms, sometimes individual, and sometimes in groups.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Presentation (Group) 30%, CLO 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 2: Analytic Deep Dive (Individual) 30%, CLO 1, 2

Assessment Task 3: Campaign Brief (Group) 40%, CLO 1, 2, 3

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.