ENVI 244 Fall 2016 Environmental Ethics (W)

Cross Listed as PHIL244
What ethical standards should guide our individual and societal choices when those choices affect current and future environmental conditions? This course will introduce students to fundamental concepts, methods, and issues in environmental ethics. Initial tutorial meetings will focus on theoretical materials that will background later discussions and will include classic readings from the environmental ethics literature (e.g., Leopold, Taylor, Rolston). Subsequent sessions will pair readings about key concepts with specific cases that raise complex ethical issues, including the concept of moral standing and, e.g., people who do not yet exist, non-human individuals, species, and complex living systems; the concept of moral responsibility and complicity in environmentally damaging practices; the legitimacy of cost-benefit analysis as an environmental policy tool; and the valuation of human lives.
Class Format: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: one 5- to 7-page essay every other week (6 in all) and carefully prepared oral responses to partners' essays in alternate weeks; evaluation will be based on essays, oral critiques, and quality of discussion
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
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Prerequisites: ENVI 101 or one course in PHIL
Enrollment Preference: declared and prospective Environmental Studies majors and concentrators
Department Notes: meets Value Theory requirement only if registration is under PHIL
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Divisional Attributes: Division II, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives,ENVP PTL Theory/Method Courses,ENVP PE-A Group Electives,ENVP PE-B Group Electives,ENVP SC-A Group Electives,ENVP SC-B Group Electives,EVST Culture/Humanities,PHIL Contemporary Value Theory Courses,SCST Elective Courses
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 1727
ENVI 244 - T1 (F) TUT Environmental Ethics (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Julie A. Pedroni
TBA 1727
PHIL 244 - T1 (F) TUT Environmental Ethics (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Julie A. Pedroni
TBA 1728
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