Values, rights, responsibilities and status entities underlying
alternative ethical approaches to environmental issues. Anthropocentric vs
biocentric frameworks to natural resource protection, precautionary principle,
ethics of cost-benefit analysis, equity and risk management, status of rights
of non-human species and future generations, ethical considerations of
sustainable development and energy use; genetically modified crops, transgenic
animals; deep vs narrow ecology, economic and non-economic value of wilderness
and sacred lands.
Human beings have
certain responsibilities to the natural world Thus, this course will avail the
students the opportunity of understanding how balance needs to be sought in the
relationship between human prosperity and environmental sustainability.
By the end of this
course, the student should be able to:
the interactions between science, ethics, values and policy
competence in the use of ethical principles and theories that guide
environmental management decision making
students to the role of ethical reasoning in framing environmental problems.
completing the course is expected to:
and reflect on efforts to formulate an environmental ethic
understanding of the social movements which correlate with and carry various
perspectives on human responsibility toward the environment.
environmental ethical theory to real-world environmental conflicts and issues.
understanding of a range of ethical theories and their applications in debates
about the environment
understanding in key areas in debates about environmental matters