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"Climate Change Apocalypse" ... "Climate Change: We're Not Literally Doomed, but..." ..."Apocalyptic Threat"
The world is changing, and we are responsible. What should we do? Humanity is in a position to exert massive influence on the natural world. Human societies often ignore ethical considerations in dealing with the natural world, but this approach seems unsustainable. In this paper we utilise ethical analyses of contemporary environmental issues. Ethics helps us understand environmental problems and make better decisions regarding solving those issues.
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 Tuesday 5th January 2021 and Friday 19th February 2021. 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:
Linked to the following assessments:
- Think logically and critically about ongoing issues and arguments in Environmental Ethics;
- Elucidate and analyse issues and concepts in Environmental Ethics and to define them clearly and rpecisely;
- Articulate and defend original arguments in support of Ethical positions;
- Make rational and ethical environmental decisions in personal, professional and public contexts;
- Communicate information, arguments and analyses effectively; and
- Ethically engage in original research.
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. Short Essay||
18 Jan 2021
|2. Long Essay||
12 Feb 2021
|4. Forum Participation||
Required and Recommended Readings*
Linkages to Other Papers*
Restricted papers: ENVP217, PHILO217, PHIL217