• Program: Philosophy
  • Course: Environmental Ethics
  • Course #: PHIL2600
  • Total Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is an examination of philosophical approaches to the questions "Do we have moral obligations to nature and the environment? If so, what are they and how can they be justified?" Using a variety of philosophical perspectives we will investigate environmental concerns such as conservation and preservation, the effects of population growth, theories of nature, animal rights, the effects of pollution, concerns about the use of natural resources, ecofeminism, deep ecology, and land ethics.

Course Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Disability Services

Hennepin Technical College offers reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability that may require accommodations, contact the college’s Disability Services Director: Sara Laviolette at Brooklyn Park (763-488-2477) or Jean Kreutter at Eden Prairie (952-995-1544).

Course Goals

The following goals will be addressed in the course:
Conduct respectful ethical discussions
Apply moral theories to contemporary environmental problems
Identify key historical and contemporary issues in environmental ethics
Analyze cases in environmental ethics
Explain moral terms and concepts
Defend moral arguments
Assess philosophical theories of nature and the environment
Evaluate environmental problems and solutions
Appreciate interrelationships between natural ecosystems and human cultures and institutions

Credit Details
  • Lecture: 3
  • MnTC Goal: 9 & 10
Course Details
  • Prerequisites: 
    Qualifying score on writing assessment test OR ENGL1021 or ENGL1026. Basic computer literacy skills required
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park/Eden Prairie

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