Environmental Ethics



2015 Spring

About This Class

This seminar examines the values and ethical assumptions in environmental problem-solving enabling students to perfect their reasoning about environmental law and policy. It introduces various ethical approaches to resolving environmental problems, including: intrinsic value, biocentrism, utilitarianism, eco-feminism, deep ecology, social ecology, and religious/spiritual. These ethical foundations are applied to concrete environmental policy issues, covering aspects of species and place restoration, climate change, relationships of humans to the non-human world, global justice, and responsibilities to future generations. A central goal of the course is to assist students in developing and refining a personal and professional environmental ethic. Course materials include interdisciplinary readings on the environment in philosophy, religion, law, natural science, and literature.Perspective requirement. MELP ethics distribution requirement. Method of evaluation: Seminar paper and presentation to the class (Requirements vary depending on credits elected 2 or 3 credits.)

Class Code



Environmental Law