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.


Callaghan Campus

  • 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. 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: Essays / Written Assignments

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Participation: Group/tutorial participation and contribution

Contact Hours


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