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About this module

The aim of this module consists in providing learning materials to students dedicated to science communication about Arctic research. The Arctic is one of the “hotspots” of climate change where the impact of the latter is particularly strong and visible on the environment, notably the cryosphere and permafrost regions, as well as the Arctic societies. Many research campaigns are dedicated to Arctic issues, drawing on important public funding. Science communication has become an increasingly important activity for research institutions in recent years. One of the central issues at stake is the providing of reliable and yet accessible information to decision-makers and the general public in order to contribute robust research results to public debates about climate change in the Arctic, a central issue the media are frequently focusing on given its potential impact on the global climate, economy and geopolitics.

The module provides an introduction to the subject and a number of case studies in English. Higher Education institutions might wish to adapt content by keeping some of the English-language case studies but also adding content from other national or regional and local institutions, perhaps closer to their students’ experience. Whatever the case may be, the content needs to be regularly updated as the situation is changing very fast in the Arctic.

  • Appreciate critically how research institutions design and promote their science communication
  • Assess different and diverging discourses about climate change in the Arctic
  • Communicate about the Arctic to a diversity of audiences and backgrounds
  • Develop strategies of science communication about climate change for different audiences, notably young students of different age groups
  • Browsing, searching and filtering information and digital content
  • Evaluating data, information and digital content
  • Integrating and re-elaborating digital content
  • Use their skills to implement attitudes of openness to cultural otherness and to other beliefs, world views and practices
  • Draw on their analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Draw on their knowledge and critical understanding of the world, esp. politics, cultures, economies, environment and sustainability
  • Use their linguistic, communicative and plurilingual skills
  • Solid English-language comprehension skills and familiarity with reading media discourses in English.