Courses Catalogue

Environmental Ethics

COURSE CODE: ENV1203
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Management, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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.

 

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

 

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.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

§  explore the interactions between science, ethics, values and policy

§  develop competence in the use of ethical principles and theories that guide environmental management decision making

§  expose students to the role of ethical reasoning in framing environmental problems.

 

 

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

A student completing the course is expected to:

§  Read and reflect on efforts to formulate an environmental ethic

§  demonstrate understanding of the social movements which correlate with and carry various perspectives on human responsibility toward the environment.

§  apply environmental ethical theory to real-world environmental conflicts and issues.

§  demonstrate understanding of a range of ethical theories and their applications in debates about the environment

§  Demonstrate understanding in key areas in debates about environmental matters