cod. 1010906

Academic year 2023/24
2° year of course - First semester
- Marco DERIU
Academic discipline
Sociologia dei processi culturali e comunicativi (SPS/08)
"discipline tecniche dell'informazione e della comunicazione"
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Integrated course unit module: ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION

Learning objectives

At the end of the course, students are expected to be able:
- to understand the importance of animating a public space for environmental discussion; to recognise the multiple actors involved in public debate and the different forms of communication used (texts, images, gestures and actions); to recall the main changes in the evolution of political and environmental communication.
- to apply the content learnt and carry out an accomplished analysis of different materials (texts, speeches, photographs, videos, etc.) with regard to statements and content, narrative styles, emotional dimensions and reference values.
- to autonomously, reflexively and rigorously interpret, evaluate and criticise different forms of public communication in the environmental field.
- to communicate and compare one's own ideas and opinions in a public debate, recognising the complexity and legitimacy of different points of view, without giving up one's own.
- to participate more consciously and with more critical tools in public life, preparing themselves to assume their responsibilities in the face of the most important political and environmental issues that arise particularly in the relationship between different peoples, generations and species.
- to organise investigative and reportage work in the environmental field in a rigorous and thorough manner.


The course requires having taken the course and taken the Sociology of Environmental Communication exam.

Course unit content

The second part of the course is dedicated to the development of environmental journalism and investigation, with a focus on the state of environmental information in Italy.
Some of the central themes of the environmental and climate crisis will be explored through some of the most interesting investigations and reports on pollution, the sixth extinction of species, waste, global warming, environmental refugees, green technologies and rare metals, food and the food industry, etc., with reference to works in print, photo and video reports, film products.
The issue of the risks and victims of environmental journalism in the world will also be explored.
A number of environmental journalists will be invited to talk about their approach, methodologies and results.
In conclusion, an attempt will be made to clarify the challenges of environmental journalism, identifying the characteristics and qualities underlying good investigative work, and students will be invited to try their hand at environmental reporting.

Full programme

- The development of environmental journalism
- The State of Environmental Information in Italy
- A journey through some of the most interesting environmental reportage of recent years
- A dangerous profession: witnesses and victims in environmental information
- Meeting with professionals
- The challenges of environmental journalism
- The characteristics of good environmental reportage
- Accompanying the design of student reports


The course materials: slides, videos, bibliography, filmography, repertoire of tools for further study will be published during the course on the Elly 2023 platform, by entering the "Environmental Communication" course site.

Teaching methods

The course will use and integrate different teaching methods: frontal lessons; dialectical and interactive lessons with prompts and moments of discussion; analysis of texts; viewing, commentary and discussion of films and documentaries. The course will also include seminar meetings with scholars and experts in the field of environmental journalism and information. The course will be delivered in presence. The video and written material of the course will be published on the elly platform.

Assessment methods and criteria

The students will have to design and carry out an original environmental investigation on a topic or event of their choice, using all the tools at their disposal (journalistic sources; scientific sources; reports, databases, and documentary sources; interviews and field investigations; images or videos).

The environmental reportage of at least 5/7 pages (10,000-14,000 characters including spaces) must clearly state the different types of direct or indirect sources used with the relevant references (journalistic sources; scientific sources; reports, databases, and documentary sources; interviews and field surveys; images or videos).
The work should be sent by e-mail at least four days before the appeal to and will be discussed orally on the date of the appeal.
Research and in-depth work for small groups (2-3 persons max.) can also be agreed upon, provided that the individual contribution in writing by each participant is clearly indicated in the report.
The report, which forms the basis of the examination, will be evaluated according the following criteria:
-Consistency with course topics;
-originality in the theme or the proposed line of enquiry;
-amplitude and appropriateness of documentary references;
-quality and originality of sources (direct field collection of data, interviews, documents, images will be valued more highly than a collection based solely on indirect sources).
-ability to investigate, problematise and critically discuss the implications of the theme or event analysed;
-Expository skills and quality of writing.

A student who has not carried out the enquiry and investigation, who has used inadequate or unreliable sources, or who does not demonstrate an adequate understanding of the issues being analysed or the underlying themes of the course will be assessed as insufficient. The student will be assessed as: sufficient or fair if he or she has diligently carried out the enquiry and investigation, demonstrating a proprietary handling of the terms, concepts and data relating to his or her subject of enquiry; fair or good if the enquiry work demonstrates a greater capacity for direct and indirect documentation and for the reworking and critical analysis of the material collected; very good or excellent if the enquiry is reinforced by fieldwork and the direct collection of data, information, images and testimonies, providing original knowledge of the theme or event identified. Grades will be expressed in thirtieths.

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