Environmental Studies Certificate Program (EN)

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Digital Environmental Communication

24.04.2017 – 24.07.2017


Screenshot of postcard with Alphorn. Postcard photograph by Gaberell, 1926. CC BY-NC-SA.

Courtesy Universität Osnabrück.

Instructor: Dr. Kimberly Coulter kimberly.coulter@carsoncenter.lmu.de, Rachel Carson Center, LMU Munich

This course examineed the role of digital technologies in environmental
communication, focusing on translation of scholarly research for the
public. What opportunities and challenges do these tools present, and
how do they change the production and circulation of knowledge? We
visited field sites and spoke with practitioners in journalism, museums,
and the nonprofit sector. Students submited one research/reflection
paper and one published, public-facing digital publication.

In order to accommodate site visits and meetings with practitioners, we
met for 3 hours each time, with a break, for only the first
half of the semester. Final projects were due at the end of the

The course met at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society
in Munich and was held in English; ability to understand German is
helpful but not required. The instructor translated key points of
guest presentations in German.