Environment and Media: Geographies of Nature, Climate Change, and Natural Hazards
1. Course Introduction: Geography, Media, and Construction of Geographic Knowledge
- Geography and its major subfields
- Geographic inquiry
- Media representations and geographical knowledge
- Geographic approaches to media and communications
2. Cartographic Communication
- Maps as media
- Evolution of cartographic representations from historic terra incognita to GIS and Google Earth
- Mapping nature: Maps of natural hazards and climate change
3. Social Construction of Place and Nature
- Social construction of place
- Newspapers and sense of place
- Changing perceptions and philosophies of nature
- Geographic knowledge and visuality
- Visual portrayal of the natural environment in documentary and fictional film
4. Fear, Anxiety, and Media Depictions of Natural Hazards
- Geography of hazards
- Approaches to audience reception
- Social construction of geographic risk in news media
- Geographic media as life-saving source of information
- Fear and hazards in film
5. Climate Change
- Greenhouse effect and global warming
- Paleoclimatology and climate models
- Natural hazards and climate change
- Public policy and climate change
- Climate change mitigation and adaption
- Forced displacement
- Climate change in popular media
- Geography of avalanches
- Avalanches and society
- Snowpack observation
- Slab avalanche anatomy
- Human factors and avalanches
- Avalanches in popular media
7. Hurricanes and Storm Surges
- Geography of hurricanes
- Hurricanes and society
- Spatial distribution of hurricanes
- Hurricane mapping
- Storm surge engineering responses
- Societal response to extreme weather
8. Earthquake and Tsunamis
- Plate tectonics
- Geography of plate boundaries
- Tsunami warning system
- News media and response and preparedness
- Risk and society
- Earthquake education
The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including: lectures, small group discussions, visual presentations (PowerPoint, DVDs and online media), individual and team projects and/or presentations, field observations, guest speaker presentations, and map analysis. This course could be delivered in a team taught environment or by an individual instructor.
Evaluation will be based on course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific criteria during the first week of classes.
An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:
|Preparation and participation:||5%|
|Research Project and Presentation:||30%|
At the conclusion of the course, successful students will be able to:
- Demonstrate familiarity with the overall field of geography as well as its human and physical subfields, and understand different types of geographic inquiry within and across those subfields.
- Describe and analyze the role of media in constructing geographic knowledge and shaping public perceptions of the environment and environmental risks.
- Demonstrate a foundation in scientific concepts and processes of physical geography, natural hazards and climate change.
- Interpret, utilize, analyze and create maps.
- Create media that displays competence in research, critical thinking, and analytical skills, as they relate to the field of geography.
- Communicate effectively orally, graphically, in writing, and using quantitative methods.
A textbook or coursepack may be used. Texts and coursepack readings will be updated periodically. Examples of typical textbooks and coursepack articles are as follows:
- Anderson, A. (1997). Media, Culture and the Environment. Abingdon: Routledge.
- Lester, L. (2010). Media and Environment: Conflict, Politics and the News. Polity Press: Cambridge.
- Christophers, B. (2006). Visions of nature, spaces of empire: Framing natural history programming within geometries of power. Geoforum, 37, 973–985.
- Clague, J.J, Bobrowsky, P. (2010). International year of Planet Earth 8. Natural Hazards in Canada. Geoscience Canada. 37(1). 17 – 37.
- Ford, J., King, D. (2015). Coverage and framing of climate change adaptation in the media: A review of influential North American newspapers during 1993-2013. Environmental Science and Policy. 48. 137-146.
- Hansen, A. (2011). Communication, media and environment: Towards reconnecting research on the production, content and social implications of environmental communication. International Communication Gazette, 73(1-2), 7-25.
- Knight, J. (2004). Science in the movies: Hollywood or bust. Nature, 430 (7001), 720-722.
- Lachlan, K. A., Spence, P. R., Lin, X., & Del Greco, M. (2014). Screaming into the Wind: Examining the Volume and Content of Tweets Associated with Hurricane Sandy. Communication Studies, 65(5), 500-518.
- Meisner, M.S., Takahashi, B. (2011). The Nature of Time: How the Covers of the World's Most Widely Read Weekly News Magazine Visualize Environmental Affairs. Environmental Communication, 7(2), 255-276.
- Smith, N. (2006). There's no such thing as a natural disaster. Understanding Katrina: Perspectives from the Social Sciences. Social Science Research Council. Available at http://understandingkatrina.ssrc.org/Smith/.
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|Institution||Transfer Details for GEOG 1140|
|Alexander College (ALEX)||ALEX SOSC 1XX (3)|
|Athabasca University (AU)||AU GEOG 2XX (3)|
|Capilano University (CAPU)||CAPU GEOG 2XX (3)|
|Coast Mountain College (CMTN)||CMTN GEOG 215 (3)|
|College of New Caledonia (CNC)||CNC GEOG 1XX (3)|
|College of the Rockies (COTR)||COTR GEOG 1XX (3)|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU GEOG 1XXX (3)|
|Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT)||No credit|
|North Island College (NIC)||NIC GEO 1XX (3)|
|Northern Lights College (NLC)||NLC GEOG 1XX (3)|
|Okanagan College (OC)||OC GEOG 1XX (3)|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU GEOG 1XX (3)|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU GEOG 1XXX (3)|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU ENVS 1XX (3) or TWU GEOG 1XX (3)|
|University Canada West (UCW)||UCW ARTS 1XX (3)|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||UBCO GEOG 1st (3)|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||UBCV GEOG 1st (3)|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC GEOG 1XX (3)|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV GEOG 105 (3)|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC GEOG 1XX (1.5)|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU GEOG 1st (3)|