ENV 320

Environmental Ethics

Academic Year Semester Location Online
2017-2018 Fall Main campus No

Level: Undergraduate

Credits: 3

Lab Fee: None

Pre-requisites: None

This course addresses a variety of theoretical positions and applied topics in environmental ethics from both traditional and nontraditional perspectives. The positions include: traditional ethics concerning the environment that do not constitute an environmental ethic (or, ethic of the environment); utilitarian and rights-based animal welfarism; an ethics of respect; Leopold's Land Ethic, environmental pragmatism; continental environmental ethics; deep ecology; ecofeminist ethics; Black and Third World feminist positions on environmental ethics; and, indigenous and earth-based community perspectives in environmental ethics. The course will also consider the viability of these theoretical positions in applied, real-life contexts by considering such topics as: their implications for public policy; environmental ethics and environmentalism as a social justice movement, human overpopulation; pollution; globalization; colonialization; and grassroots activism. The ultimate objective is for each student to develop their own conceptually deep, theoretically grounded, and concrete environmental ethic.