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CAS 597 - Risk Communication

Professor: Shannon Cruz
Office: 212 Sparks
Phone: (814) 865-1028

The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students with an overview of social scientific perspectives on risk. The course will cover the major theoretical approaches to risk, examples of research from each paradigm, and applications of the concepts to environmental and health topics. By the end of the course, students should have a better understanding of the complex ways in which people think and talk about risk, as well as how to design messages and campaigns that take those processes into account.

Course Objectives

  1. Gain familiarity with important theories and concepts that inform the study and practice of risk communication.
  2. Understand the role of risk communication in applied health and environmental contexts.
  3. Develop messages and campaigns informed by theory and research on risk perception and communication.