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Archived Version 2021 - 2022

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module critically appraises key approaches to understanding the environment/society relationship. Each week a theory central to the understanding of the environment/society relationship is introduced. This theory is further investigated through analysis of producers who use multimedia practices, including lens-based media, moving image, sound, and sensor-based works, to tell environmental stories. This encourages students to consider how multimedia practice can be used in environmental storytelling, and to tell their own stories around pressing environmental crises. The module has a strong focus on student-centred learning with an emphasis on student inputs into seminars.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand a range of theoretical and perspectives pertaining to the environment/society relationship
2. Develop competencies in critically appraising the role of contemporary multimedia culture in representing environmental issues
3. Understand the the potential for new media practices in communicating novel imaginaries about the environment
4. develop competencies in analysing and applying how practice-based multimedia approaches can communicate topics about the environment/society relationship in novel ways

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture11No Description
Seminars22No Description
Independent Study217No Description
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative content
Nature/society, state of the environment, (urban) political ecology, production of nature, where is nature, when is nature, media and environment

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Paul RobbinsJohn HintzSarah A Moore: 0, Environment and Society a critical introduction,
  • Linda Weintraub: 0, To Life!,
  • Linda Weintraub: 0, What's next?,
  • Jennifer Gabrys: 0, Program Earth,
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