Environmental Communication – Environmetal Awareness


SCHOOL Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry
DEPARTMENT Department of Forestry and Management of the Environment and Natural Resources
in case the ECTS Credits are distributed in distinct parts of the course e.g. lectures, labs etc. If the ECTS Credits are awarded to a course as a whole, then please note down the teaching hours per week and the corresponding ECTS Credits.
Theory 2
Laboratory exercises 2
Total 4 5
Add lines if necessary. The teaching organization and methods used are described in the point 4.

Background, General Knowledge, Scientific Area, Skill Development



URL COURSE: http://eclass.duth.gr/eclass/courses/OPE02106/
Learning Outcomes
Please describe the learning outcomes of the course: Knowledge, skills and abilities acquired after the successful completion of the course.
·        Students are expected to be able to evaluate critically the choice of language and visual media used in Environmental Communication and Education with better argumentation and critical spirit.

·        Moreover, students will be able to perceive and manage the complexity and challenges of the effective Environmental Communication and Environmental Awareness.

·        In addition, they will be able to explain and use significant theoretical concepts of Environmental and Sustainable Communication.

General Skills
Taking into account the general skills that the graduate must have acquired (as they are listed in the Diploma Supplement and are listed below), which of them is intended (for the course)?
Search, analysis and synthesis of data and information, using the necessary technologies

Adaptation to new situations

Decision making

Autonomous work


Working in an international environment

Working in an interdisciplinary environment

Production of new research ideas

Project design and management

Equity and Inclusion

Respect for the natural environment


Demonstration of social, professional and moral responsibility and sensitivity to gender issues

Critical thinking

Promoting free, creative and inductive thinking

Search, analysis and synthesis of data and information, using the necessary technologies

Adaptation to new situations

Decision making

Autonomous work

Working in an interdisciplinary environment

Respect for the natural environment

Production of new research ideas

1.      The process of Communication. The need for Communication. Definitions of Environmental Communication. Correlation between Environmental Communication and Education.

2.      Models for the design and application of Environmental Communication and Education Programs

3.      Environmental Interpretation and Environmental Awareness

4.      The operation of the media. Media and Environmental Education

5.      Media as environmental educators. Media and Conferences on Environmental Education

6.      Media and Environmental Awareness. Media and environmental information

7.      The role of journalists in covering environmental topics

8.      Social media networks. Information campaigns – Awareness campaigns

9.      Citizen participation – Environmental Education

10.   Citizen participation – International and Greek legislation

11.   Delineation and description of the environmental danger

12.   Case study: Climate change – Sustainable development – Circular economy

13.   Case study: Energy issues – Utilization of renewable energy sources

Face to face, Distance learning, etc.
Face to face
Use of ICT in Teaching, in Laboratory Education, in Communication with students
Use of ICT in Teaching and Laboratory Education (all lectures are supported by PowerPoint presentations and some by Videos)

Electronic communication with students via e-mail or e-class


The way and methods of teaching are described in detail.

Lectures, Seminars, Laboratory Exercise, Field Exercise, Bibliographic research & analysis, Tutoring, Internship (Placement), Clinical Exercise, Art Workshop, Interactive learning, Study visits, Study / creation, project, creation, project. Etc.


The student study hours for each learning activity are listed as well as the non-guided study hours so that the total workload at the semester level corresponds to the ECTS standards.

Activity Workload/semester
Lectures 39
Model teaching – Presentations of chosen environmental topics 13
Laboratory 10
Paper with literature sources 8
Independent studying 30
Total 100
Student Evaluation

Description of the evaluation process


Assessment Language, Assessment Methods, Formative or Concluding, Multiple Choice Test, Short Answer Questions, Essay Development Questions, Problem Solving, Written Assignment, Essay / Report, Oral Exam, Public Presentation, Laboratory Report, Clinical examination of a patient, Artistic interpretation, Other/Others


Explicitly defined assessment criteria and if and where are accessible to students are mentioned.

•             Final written exam (in Greek) with completion questions

•             Individual paper (grade x 0.2) and written exam (grade x 0.8).

•             Students with verified dyslexia problems are examined orally instead of sitting for the written exam; this requires that the Department administration is prior informed.

•             After exams, the exam topics are displayed on the instructor’s announcement board so that students can estimate their grade. The final grades are announced on the Departments’ electronic platform.

Students are able to see their examination sheet and assess the grading as well as the comments on the sheet.


1.      Caiado, R. G. G., de Freitas Dias, R., Mattos, L. V., Quelhas, O. L. G., & Leal Filho, W. (2017). Towards sustainable development through the perspective of eco-efficiency-A systematic literature review. Journal of Cleaner Production, 165, 890-904.

2.      Jurin, R. R., Roush, D., & Danter, K. J. (2010). Environmental Communication.: Skills and Principles for Natural Resource Managers, Scientists, and Engineers. Springer Science & Business Media.

3.      Servaes, J., & Malikhao, P. (2007). Communication and sustainable development. Communication and sustainable development, 1.

4.      Tsaboukou – Skanavis, Κ., 2004. Environment and Communication. Right in Choice. Kaleidoskopio Publications.

Relevant scientific journals:

  1. Environmental Communication: https://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=renc20
  2. Journal Environmental Communication. https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/renc20









Alternative ways of examining a course in emergency situations


Teacher (full name): Georgios Tsantopoulos – Veronika Andrea
Contact details: tsantopo@fmenr.duth.gr
Supervisors: (1)
Evaluation methods: (2) Written exam through the on-line learning platform e-class/ Supervision through Microsoft Teams
Implementation Instructions: (3) 1. Paper. The paper must be sent to the instructor’s e-mail address mentioned in the course outline before the day of the exams. To be accepted, the paper must consist at least of 2,000 words. In addition, it should have a similarity index less than 20% (the paper will be monitored with “Turnitin” Plagiarism Checker).

The topic of the paper must fall into one of the thematic areas analyzed in this course. Students are explicitly responsible for choosing the topic of the paper. The paper corresponds to 80% of the total grade.

Evaluation criteria:


1.             Language proficiency & aesthetic presence (15%) (Accuracy, comprehensible speech, aesthetics, spelling and punctuation).

2.             Structure and coherence of the final text (25%) (paragraphs, titles and subtitles, cohesion with the previous content, connection to the following content).

3.             Content (40%) (Development of arguments, information accuracy, use of literature sources).

4.             Literature (20%) (Citations in the text and references at the end of the paper).


2. Oral exam. The exam will be held in alphabetic order according to the exam program which will be announced by the Secretariat of the Department.

The exam will be conducted through Microsoft Teams. The link will be sent to students through e-class, exclusively to the institutional accounts of students who have taken the course and have knowledge of the terms concerning distance exams.

Students will have to connect to the exam room of the link through their institutional accounts, otherwise they will not be able to participate in the exam. During the exam, students must keep their cameras and microphones activated. Before the exam starts, students will demonstrate their identity card on camera in order to verify their identity.

Every student must answer 4 questions and each question is graded with 2.5 points.

The oral exam corresponds to 20% of the final grade.

Each student wishing to participate in the exams must connect to Microsoft Teams 15 minutes before the exam begins.


  • To be completed with YES or NO
  • Note down the evaluation methods used by the teacher, e.g.
  • written assignment or/and exercises
  • written or oral examination with distance learning methods, provided that the integrity and reliability of the examination are ensured.
  • In the Implementation Instructions section, the teacher notes down clear instructions to the students:

α) in case of written assignment and / or exercises: the deadline (e.g. the last week of the semester), the means of submitting them to the teacher, the grading system, the participation of the assignment in the final grade and every other detail that should be mentioned.

β) in case of oral examination with distance learning methods: the instructions for conducting the examination (e.g. in groups of X people), the way of pronouncing topics, the applications to be used, the necessary technical means for the implementation of the examination (microphone, camera, word processor, internet connection, communication platform), the way the hyperlink is sent, the duration of the exam, the grading system, the participation of the exam in the final grade, the ways in which the inviolability and reliability of the exam is ensured and every other detail that should be mentioned.

γ) in case of written examination with distance learning methods: the instructions for assigning the topics, the way of submitting the answers, the duration of the exam, the grading system, the participation of the exam in the final grade, the ways in which the integrity and reliability of the exam is ensured and every other detail that should be mentioned.

There should be an attached list with the Student Registration Numbers only of the beneficiaries to participate in the examination.