Environmental Values & Ethics

Course code ENVS1003Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

The course introduces students to the ideological causes of environmental destruction (despotism) and responses to them in the form of late twentieth century environmental philosophies such as Native Ecology, Animal Liberation, The Land Ethic, Deep Ecology, Ecofeminism and Social Ecology . The examination of 'environmental' values and ethics is linked to a critical evaluation of contemporary social values and the idea of an ecologically sustainable society. The application of contemporary ethics to professional practice, experimentation and social action is critically considered.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate the historical origins of destructive attitudes and practices toward the natural environment;
2. Examine the historical development of environmental philosophy in the twentieth and twenty first century;
3. Appreciate the role of environmental philosophy in evaluating attitudes toward the environment;
4. Assess the compatibility of human and environmental/ecological values;
5. Apply ideas in environmental philosophy to the management and design of social systems;
6. Apply environmental ethics and values to relevant areas in science and technology.
ContentThis course covers material relevant to environmental ethics. Topics include:

(1) The origins of despotic attitudes toward the environment:
a) Religions
b) Patriarchy
c) Science and Technology
d) Economic growth and Progress

(2) Responses to the above in the form of environmental philosophies:
a) Native Ecology
b) Animal Liberation
c) The Land Ethic and Gaia
d) Deep Ecology
e) Eco-feminism
f) Social Ecology
g) Environmental ethic for the 21st Century.
Replacing Course(s)ENVS1020, & SRMT1020
TransitionNot to count with credit for ENVS1020 or with SRMT1020
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNA
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
JournalReflective Journal
Quiz - On-line
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ENVS1003