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Environmental Ethics

Enrolment code: HPA277/377

Offered: Hobart: semester 2, Distance education: semester 2 [by internet]

Unit description:

For students who want to study a specialised area of applied ethics, and is a unit in the interdisciplinary environmental studies course open to both humanities and science undergraduates. The unit introduces students to the consideration of some philosophical problems in environmental ethics. The following questions are posed in relation to the environment: what are our duties to the environment, to other species, to future generations? how can these duties be determined? are there intrinsic and/or inherent values in nature? These questions are used as a basis for a critique of traditional moral theories. Contemporary moral theories, which have been suggested as plausible alternatives, are explored: is a universal ethic possible or desirable? does postmodernist relativism offer more plausible solutions to the environmental crisis? is the feminist ethic of care an alternative to a traditional ethic based on justice and rational principles?

Staff Dr L Shotton For information on staff, turn to relevant Faculty website University phone and email search phone    email
Unit weight 12.5% To see normal University Admission requirements
Teaching pattern internal: 2 hrs lectures weekly, 1-hr tutorial fortnightly; dist.ed: choice of print-based or web-based delivery (13 wks) Timetable
Prerequisites 25% level 100 any faculty (S3T: 25% from Schedule B)  
Assessment mode 3,000-word essay (40%), tutorial participation (10%), 2-hr exam (50%) Examinations timetable (Users will need to know their login name (POP account) and password)
Required texts etc Elliot R (ed), Environmental Ethics, ISBN 0198751443 Library Catalogue
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Majors: [Discipline and school information] Philosophy
Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies
Courses Bachelor of Arts (See also combined degrees)
Bachelor of Tourism
Bachelor of Commerce (See also combined degrees)
Bachelor of Science (Natural Environment and Wilderness Management)
Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies
Faculty website Faculty of Arts  
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