The main aim of this course is to explore some of the major themes in contemporary environmental philosophy. Key objectives are to develop an understanding of some of the major concepts and issues at stake in environmental philosophy, and to help students come to their own informed and reasoned views on the key issues.
1. Accurately deploy key concepts in philosophy and ethics and demonstrate awareness of major developments in environmental philosophy. 2. Demonstrate deep understanding of major theories in environmental ethics 3. Distinguish rival views in environmental ethics and critically evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. 4. Identify and critically assess the philosophical aspects of major environmental issues.
Class participation and presentation (20%) and written assignment on an environmental philosophy topic of the student's choosing (80%)