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Risk Communication PG (8622.5)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications

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Syllabus

The unit explores the application of contemporary theories of risk and risk communication in strategic communication practice. Students examine the development of risk theory and current research trends with a focus on underlying epistemological and ontological assumptions. Technical or scientific risk models are contrasted with the Social Amplification of Risk Framework, and models of reflexive risk communication practices. Case studies involve examination of strategic risk communication in scientific, environmental, political and health contexts.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to demonstrate:

1. a critical understanding of the key ideas and historical debates in risk theory, and the on-going debates within the field;

2. a thorough knowledge of the relationships between risk theory and contemporary models of risk communication;

3. a critical awareness of strategic decision-making issues and constraints in risk communication research and practice;

4. an understanding of the cultural, political, economic and social influences on risk communication practice;

5. the ability to apply risk communication models in a variety of contexts;

6. a firm understanding of ethical considerations in the application of risk communication models in professional practice.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Three hours per week.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Assumed Knowledge

Previous or concurrent study of social research methods.

Incompatible Units

None

Equivalent Units

None


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