Environmental Perspectives and The Media

Course code 72396

Concern about environmental issues is fuelling vigorous policy debates.

These debates raise questions concerning the social and ethical limits of technology, the role of science in decision-making and conflicting views about development.

As a major forum for communicating information about the world we live in, the mass media play an important role in environmental debates.

Public knowledge, values and opinions relating to environmental issues are reflected and shaped by media dialogue.  

This course examines how environmental concerns are represented and influenced by today’s mass media. 

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 7  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 2 enrol by 23 Jun 2019 to start 1 Jul 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 2 2019 Print only
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $730 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $2,254 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites    
    • 20 Credits or more at Level 6 and Above in Environment.

    If you need to discuss prerequisites for this course contact us

On successfully completing this course you will be able to

  • Discuss the role of the media in reflecting and shaping environmental concerns .
  • Analyse the coverage of environmental issues by the news media.
  • Evaluate key factors that influence the parameters of environmental reporting.
  • Critically examine ethical issues with respect to environmental reporting.


This course is 100% internally assessed


No textbooks are required for this course

Other requirements

Access to a computer, the Internet and email.


Lecturer / Tutor