Environmental Values & Ethics


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.



  • Semester 2 - 2015


  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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.


This course covers material relevant to environmental ethics. Topics include:

  1. The origins of despotic attitudes toward the environment:


  1. Religions
  2. Patriarchy
  3. Science and Technology
  4. Economic Growth and Progress


  1. Responses to the above in the form of environmental philosophies:


  1. Native Ecology
  2. Animal Liberation
  3. The Land Ethic and Gaia
  4. Deep Ecology
  5. Eco-Feminism
  6. Social Ecology
  7. An Environmental Ethic for the 21st Century.

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): ENVS1020. Students who have successfully completed ENVS1020 are not eligible to enrol in ENVS1003.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Essay

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Participation: Group/tutorial participation and contribution

Quiz: Online Quiz

Journal: Reflective Journal

Contact Hours

Ourimbah and Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term