Course code:



M - Intermediate

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • HS - Human Studies

Lab fee:


Typically offered:

Upon occasion

This course explores the central philosophical questions and positions in Environmental Ethics and examines their applications in important and distinctive case studies. Emerging issues concerning artificial as well as natural organisms and environments will also be dealt with. The goals are to develop students’ abilities to critically understand, explain, and analyze the principal questions at issue and views taken on them as well as their abilities to develop thoughtful, creative, responsible, wise responses to the challenges posed by real-life cases. Readings will include a range of classic and contemporary essays as well as in-depth case studies. Evaluation will be based on demonstration of the student’s progress on the two course goals through participation in discussion and role plays in class, short homework assignments, two short papers, two problem sets, and a final project. The final project will be an eight- to ten-page paper on an environmental ethics topic of the student’s choice written for an authentic audience.



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