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 Content and Outline

COURSE CONTENT

 

TOPIC

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Introduction

  • Key concepts used in environmental ethics (words to know)
  • Origin of environmental ethics
  • The need of environmental ethics
  • What is environmental ethics?

3

 

Overview of Environmental Ethics

  • Important questions in environmental ethics.
  • Schools of thought analysis (anthropomorphic and non- anthropomorphic)
  • Analysis of environmental ethics

 

3

 

Ethical Principles

  • Justice
  • Sustainability
  • Sufficiency
  • Compassion
  • Solidarity
  • Participation
  • Modes of ethical reasoning about the environment

 

3

 

Ethical Principle

  • Deep ecology
  • Shallow ecology
  • Human-centered (anthropomorphic)/Non-anthropomorphic
  • Biocentrism
  • Ecocentrism
  • Technocentrism
  • Religious/Biblical theory

 

3

 

School of Thoughts in Environmental Ethics

  • Moral codes of conduct and moral responsibility
  • The concept of a "person"
  • Characteristics of a person
  • Duties and rights
  • Responsible personal conduct
  • Moral responsibility
  • Issues in environmental ethics and personality

 

3

 

Moral Philosophy and Environmental Ethics

  • Moral codes of conduct and moral responsibility
  • The concept of a "person"
  • Characteristics of a person
  • Duties and rights
  • Responsible personal conduct
  • Moral responsibility
  • Issues in environmental ethics and personality

 

3

 

Levels of Environmental Ethics

  • Descriptive ethics
  • Normative ethics and
  • Critical ethics

 

3

 

Types of Environmental Ethics

  • Deontological ethics
  • Teleological ethics
  • Virtue ethics

 

6

 

Why Environmental Ethics and Why Now

  • Explosive growth in moral problems
  • Choices of birth, life and death for our species and others
  • Fate of our natural environment

 

3

 

Current Global Environmental Problems

  • Global warming
  • Ozone depletion
  • Pollution
  • Loss of natural resources
  • Overfishing Etc

 

3

 

How Human affects Environment

  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • Kyoto protocol of 1997
  • The G8 committee

 

3

 

Causes of Over population

  • Definition of over population
  • Decline of Death rate
  • Rise in Birth rate
  • Migration
  • Lack of Education

 

3

Extinction of Species

  • Man killing animals’ rights through hunting
  • Indiscriminate exploitation of nature
  • The role of IUCN

3

 

Conserving the Environment

  • Saving the environment
  • The role of trees in the general and as an ecosystem buffer
  • Simple ways to save planet earth and the environment

3

 

MODE OF DELIVERY

  • Lectures
  • Reading assignments
  • Practical assignments
  • Hands-on work in the industry

 

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND / OR EQUIPMENT

  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Flip Charts
  • LCD Projectors
  • CDs, DVDs and Tapes