Faculty of Arts




"Eco/media" responds to the increasingly significant role that nature, environment and ecology play in contemporary audiovisual popular culture. This fairly recent trend in critical awareness and intellectual work is partly a response to our increasing awareness that humans may have become agents of irreversible planetary change; an epoch now called the “Anthropocene.”  

Our approach in this course will be as varied as ecocritical pursuits themselves. We will look at how environmentalism is communicated in film, on television and (to some extent) online, how we think, feel and act in response to images of environmental crisis, how gazing at animals simultaneously reminds us of our connection to them and what it means to distinguish ourselves as human.

Environmentalism and ecology are not simply literary, cinematic or televisual tropes. We will also use ecological frameworks to think about the factors that shape media and to think about the materiality of cultural products we have become accustomed to think of as "weightless"’ and ephemeral.

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Availability 2019

Semester 1




MEDIA 231: 15.0 points


15 points from COMMS 100, 104, FTVMS 100, 101, 110, MEDIA 101 and 45 points in BA courses, or 30 points in Global Environment and Sustainable Development


FTVMS 231, FTVMS 332, MEDIA 332

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