Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


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.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify the historical origins of destructive attitudes and practices toward the natural environment;

2. Articulate the historical development of environmental philosophy in the twentieth and twenty first century;

3. Describe the role of environmental philosophy in evaluating attitudes toward the environment;

4. Discuss the compatibility of human and environmental/ecological values;

5. Identify the importance of environmental philosophy within the management and design of social systems;

6. Explain the relevance of environmental ethics and values within the field of science.


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

The origins of despotic attitudes toward the environment:

  • Religions
  • Patriarchy
  • Science and Technology
  • Economic Growth and Progress

Responses to the above in the form of environmental philosophies:

  • Native Ecology
  • Animal Liberation
  • The Land Ethic and Gaia
  • Deep Ecology
  • Ecofeminism
  • Social Ecology
  • An Environmental Ethic for the 21st Century


This course replaces ENVS1020. If you have successfully completed ENVS1020 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Precis

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Quiz: Online Quiz

Journal: Reflective Journal

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


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


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

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.