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PL5006 - Political Communication; Ecology and Environmentalism

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
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This subject explores the communication practices intertwined with the discipline of political ecology. The subject analyses the role of institutions of public policy and administration, spin doctors, political advertising, and governance and their various communication practices. The subject examines the relationship between 'nature', society and how knowledge of political ecology is constructed in communication models. It first surveys the historical and theoretical context of political communication, global environmental governance and political ecology through a green theory lens. Secondly students will be able to demonstrate a high level of political communication skills with a long-form political communication project underpinned with global environmental theory.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate advanced and integrated knowledge of the complex relationship between politics, communication and ecology;
  • analyse critically, evaluate the political ecology of institutions and international organisations;
  • generate, analyse, synthesis and evaluate complex green political theories work in political institutions and their associated practices;
  • appraise the place and role of political ecology in society through political communication models.

Subject Assessment

  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (25%) - Individual
  • Written > Examination (College administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Journal article - (35%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements


To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree.


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coord/Lect: Dr Maxine Newlands.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 13 hours online activity
  • 12 hours online Workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.