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Environmental ethics is concerned with relations between humanity and the rest of the natural world. In this paper we emphasise the practical value of ethics as a tool for understanding environmental problems and making better decisions. Topics include conservation, resource allocation and use, population issues, climate change, and treatment of animals. These topics raise conceptual questions about the value of nature and the foundations of environmental ethics, including animal liberation, instrumental and intrinsic value, ecofeminism, religious-based ethics and Māori ethics.
Within the broader ambit of environmental ethics, this paper will specifically consider environmental ethics relevant to New Zealand, including the interaction of ethical theories and practice with our social, legal and political institutions. Effective implementation of our environmental goals involves choices and decisions about the management of natural and physical resources and provision for social, cultural, and economic factors. The ideologies of related legal frameworks will be examined and ethical dimensions of choices to be made explored.
The paper will run between Monday 6th January 2019 and Friday 21st February 2019. Because the summer semester is short, it is important to start doing the readings and participating in the Moodle forums right at the beginning of the course so as not to fall behind.
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:
Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:
- Recognise issues that are of importance to the environment,
- Critically analyse those issues and the range of outcomes available on them,
- Articulate, in a variety of forms, how to respond to these issues.
Linked to the following assessments:
- Develop a broad knowledge of contemporary debates in Environmental Ethics,
- Develop an understanding of particular issues in Environmental Ethics.
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.
Error: Assessment components must add up to 100%
At least one Assessment Component needs to be entered
|Component Description||Due Date||Time||Percentage of overall mark||Submission Method||Compulsory|
|1. Conceptual Analysis||
20 Jan 2020
10 Feb 2020
|4. Forum Participation||
Required and Recommended Readings*
Linkages to Other Papers*
Restricted papers: PHIL217, ENVP217