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Risk, Crisis and Communication (7545.6)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: Discipline of Communication and Media



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    This unit examines contemporary theories of risk and risk communication drawing on the seminal ideas of Beck and Giddens. The central ideas of the risk society are examined, including contributions from sociology, cultural anthropology, psychology and contemporary communication, media and cultural studies research. Models of risk communication are examined including the dominant technical or scientific approach, psychometric research on risk perceptions, and later models of reflexive practice that encompass broader social and cultural approaches.. Case studies include risk communication practice in the environmental sciences, science and health communication, government and international communication, and crisis communication.

    Learning Outcomes


    1. a critical understanding of the central ideas in risk theory and contemporary models of risk and crisis communication

    2. critical awareness of issues in risk communication research

    3. understanding of the ethical, cultural, political and social issues in this field

    4. an understanding of the link between risk communication models and professional practice

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    Contact Hours

    3 hours per week


    Communication and Media Research



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