Jun 04, 2023
PHI 210 - Environmental Ethics
Description: The history of environmental ethics and philosophical positions dealing with our moral relationship to the natural world. Examination of these relationships by looking at current ethical theories. Topics may include: animal rights, conservation, economic approaches to the environment, access to natural resources, ecofeminism, ecoracism, environmental justice and pollution, climate change, technology, and activism. Questions students may explore include: How should humans relate to the natural world? Do we have moral obligations toward non-human animals and other parts of nature? What do we owe other human beings, including future generations?
Prerequisites: ENG 101 or ENG 103. Reading Proficiency.
General Education Competency: Written Communication; Diversity; Critical Thinking
- Historical development of environmental ethics
- Moral reasoning
- Major ethical theories and principles dealing with environmental issues
- Application of moral reasoning to take informed stances on contemporary issues in environmental ethics
- Relationship between environmental ethics and contemporary environmental policies
- Explain key historical developments in environmental ethics. (1)
- Apply moral reasoning techniques to environmental disputes. (2-4)
- Explain the relationship between ethical theories and environmental issues. (1-4)
- Analyze personal views regarding environmental issues. (1-4)
- Analyze contemporary environmental policies as they relate to religion, cultures, and diverse ethnic groups. (2, 3, 5)
- Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 2,500 words of monitored writing, which includes a 1,500 word essay that undergoes iterations of the writing process (i.e., outline, rough draft, and etc.), using academically appropriate sources.