Global Site Navigation (use tab and down arrow)

College of Extended Learning

Environmental Ethics

Subject Course No. Credit Value
Philosophy PHIL 3206 Three (3) credit hours

This course explores how to develop an environmental ethic. There are four (4) units:

  • Unit One is a basic introduction to ethics, and how we will approach the environmental ethical project.
  • Unit Two introduces the student to the basic environmental ethical theories, and how they shape our ways of looking at the world around us in terms of ethical relationships.
  • Unit Three takes up the major environmental ethical strategies by which change might happen in our ethical relationships.
  • Unit Four explores Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac, paying particular attention to questions about moral psychology and how to persuade people to be more ethical.

Instructor: Scott Dunham (please contact the instructor if you need an up-to-date syllabus)
Prerequisite: None

Why take this course?

  • Discover how to understand various reasons for disagreement about how to regard the environment in current public debates about policy and economic development.
  • Learn how to explain the different ways in which people see the world and express their relationship to it in ethical terms.
  • Encounter a variety of strategic models for promoting an ethical relationship to the world in terms of social and individual perspectives.
  • Develop a sense of how ethics works as moral persuasion, including the importance of basic moral psychology and communication of ethical ideas.

Course details

Students have six months from the registration date to complete the course. All course exams and/or assignments must be completed by the designated end date.

Assignments and examinations

  • 5 x Written Assignments (100% total)

There are five (5) written assignments assigned over the four units (Unit One: 5% and 15%; Unit Two: 25%; Unit Three: 25%; and Unit Four: 30%). These assignments link the readings in each Unit to actual environmental issues. There are no midterm or final exams for this course.

Fees and payments

Online courses are subject to an additional $100 non-refundable/non-transferable online fee per course For more information on fees and methods of payment, please click here.

Apply now!

If you have previously registered in this online course and wish to register again, please contact us at 453-4646 to complete the registration process.

Back to Open Entry course listings