Climate Change Communication and Policy

Summer 2022

10 — 23 July

5* ECTS

subject to home university approval

700+ EUR EDUC Scholarship

Costs for accommodation, travel, and food covered by EDUC scholarship, full scholarship determined by home university

Deadline

Please ask your home university

About the programme

As the scientific consensus on climate change and its anthropogenic causes is settled, there is an increasing shift of focus towards the ways climatic risks are received by people and institutions and towards the policies that can respond to these risks. These two areas are at the core of this years’ EDUC summer school: climate change communication and climate policies.

During the course, students will learn about the key factors in climate change communication and understand the obstacles that stand in the way of reaching a societal consensus on the risks of climate change and on the policies needed to slow it down. The course will provide students with experience and practical advice regarding climate change communication and advocacy and give them the opportunity to work on climate communication alongside experts. We will focus on effective tools of communication, including the study of narratives in political conflict, the dynamics of public opinion and the role of marketing and labelling approaches. Students will have the opportunity to design their own climate change campaign in teams and consult it with experts.

The focus on policy will include an introduction to the range of climate-related public policies, starting from transnational measures and going all the way to local adaptations and regulations. The students will learn the complex aspects of climate policymaking on the local level and the various strategies that can be used to foster climatic resilience of cities. The teaching will be supplemented by academic site visits and field trips where students can observe the measures in practice and discuss them with experts. In their final project, students will propose policy designs and simulate their implementation as a part of participatory research.

The course will cover the following topics

  • Sociology of climate change, values and attitudes, cultural understanding of climate change/ Pavel Pospěch, Department of Sociology - Masaryk University
  • Climate communication expert / Tomáš Chabada, Department of Environmental Studies - Masaryk University
  • Climate policy expert / Jan Malý Blažek, Department of Environmental Studies - Masaryk University
  • Climate policy expert / Luigi Mundula, Department of Civil, Environmental and Architecture Engineering - University of Cagliari
  • Climate policy expert / Beatrice Bellini, Department of Management Sciences - University Paris Nanterre​

Details

Academic Overview

The course will take place over two weeks in person in Brno, Czech Republic. During this time students will have lectures and attend academic site visits to various companies and community actors. Outside the academic course, cultural programming will be arranged to make the most of the time in Brno.

Assessment

The students are expected to get familiar with a set of pre-programme readings provided in advance of the course. A successful completion of the course is contingent on (1) designing a climate change communication campaign and defending it at the end of the first week and (2) completing a final project in participative research and policymaking in a given locality. Both these activities are to be done in teams.

Schedule

The sample schedule is below. Please note that the final schedule will be sent one week prior to the start of the course, however the arrival date and time will not change.

Students can choose to arrive as early as Saturday 9 July and leave as late as Sunday July 24, however they should confirm this with Erin Anna Smith smith@czs.muni.cz 

Week 1

Week 2

What is included in the scholarship?

This course is part of the EDUC alliance, which means that partner university students will receive a scholarship to cover food, accommodation and travel costs. Students should reach out to their home university for more information. 

This funding only applies Partner University students travelling - MU students will not receive funding for food/accommodation please contact Erin Anna Smith, smith@czs.muni.cz, for more details.

University contacts:

Life in Brno

Brno is a great place to live, even if just for a short period of time. As a student city (1/5 of the population are students) and an international city there is always something to do, and the Czech language isn’t a barrier. This means that exploring cafes, teahouses, restaurants and the local sites is easy, even without our amazing assistants. However, because we want you to get the most out of your experience, we have a team of local Czech students to show you their favorite things in Brno!

Best Cafes for coffee and tea
Best Restaurants
Favorite Places in Brno to relax

Culture/Social

The team of professional and local students provides the 24/7 assistance from the practical and safety arrangements to creating a rich cultural program helping the participants to understand better culture of Moravia and the Czech Republic. Moreover the staff is trying to assist with creating social activities that aims at enhancing the mutual cultural exchange and understanding.

Accommodation

Students in this programme are housed in one of our Residence Halls where both international and Czech students live during the school year. This is a great opportunity to see how student housing is different all around the world (or is similar, depending on what country you are from!). In Brno, students share a room with one other student.

Bedding is provided; however, students should bring their own towels. Students will have an opportunity to cook their own meals.

Students will use the scholarship to pay for accommodation, however all EDUC students are expected to stay together in the dormitory.

How to apply

Students should apply at their home university. Each university has space for 5 students.

The course is open to all students, but is particularly suited for students in late bachelors/masters studying social sciences, policy studies, management and communication.

Students should apply at their home university using one of the application links below.

University applications:

Student experience

It was one of the most insightful, enjoyable, and eye opening experiences of my life. The staff are all wonderful people, they truly care about making your experience meaningful, and Brno is an incredible city to call home for a little while.

Jeffrey

USA, Edgewood College

Life in Brno...

The 'beach' in the city centre where students can sit with friends.
Make friends of a lifetime.
Experience Czech culture.
One of the fabulous cafes where students grab a bite to eat before class!

Contacts

Erin Anna Smith

summer school manager

E‑mail:

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