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Environmental Ethics
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
Prerequisite: 7.5 credits, including 1.0 credit of second-year liberal studies (including 0.5 VISC credit).
Is it possible to imagine an ethical approach to environmental issues that addresses the competing needs of the various human and non-human participants to an environmental dispute? With an emphasis on critical reflection, this course invites students to confront the ethical dimensions raised by historical and contemporary Canadian and global environmental debates. Theoretical ethical approaches will be explored as reflected in case studies of key historical environmental “moments” in which obligations to future generations, issues of distributive justice and/or appropriate dispute resolution methods have been challenged. Drawing upon cross-cultural traditions, underlying assumptions of the scientific, economic, aesthetic, religious, feminist, judicial and public policy discourse on the environment will be examined with reference to one basic question: How ought we to structure our lives and beliefs in order to address the environmental problems facing our world today?
Anti-requisite: Students who have taken HUMN 3B92: Special Topic in Humanities: Issues in Environmental Ethics may not take this course for further credit.
Course was last updated May 4, 2011 - 4:31 PM