NWI-FFIL209B
Environmental Ethics
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-FFIL209B
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; Institute for Science, Innovation and Society;
Lecturer(s)
Coordinator
dr. M.A.M. Drenthen
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Examiner
dr. M.A.M. Drenthen
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Contactperson for the course
dr. M.A.M. Drenthen
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Lecturer
dr. M.A.M. Drenthen
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Academic year2023
Period
KW1  (04/09/2023 to 05/11/2023)
Starting block
KW1
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
After completing this course,
  • the student is familiar with the major topics, approaches and concepts in environmental ethics and landscape philosophy
  • the student can distinguish scientific reasoning form other forms of intellectual activity
  • the student can take a substantiated position in ethical debates on issues of landscape and ecosystem management.
  • the student can read, analyze and critically assess philosophical texts, and to apply them to actual cases
  • the student can publicly present and discuss a philosophical text
Content
This course is especially suited for students of the master tracks 'Community and ecosystems', and 'Water and environment'. Are you interested in ethical questions regarding field ecology, ecological restoration and new nature development, environmental management and nature management? 
We will discuss major topics in environmental ethics and landscape philosophy:
  • Basic attitudes toward and images of nature, anthropocentrism vs. ecocentrism, 
  • How and why should we value nature?
  • Should we recognize the 'intrinsic value of nature'?
  • Subjective and objective value in environmental ethics. Does the value of nature depend on our taste?
  • How does human influence influence the value of damaged ecosystems? Nature development, biodiversity and the concept of wildness
  • What is wildness of nature? Why do we want nature to be wild?
  • What does it mean to be part of nature?Aesthetic reasons for environmental protection: does nature's beauty matter?
  • Bioregionalisme en the Ethics of Place- Which places matter to us and why?
  • Tragedy of the commons
Instructional Modes

this course consists of weekly lectures and tutorials, and of group presentations
Level

Presumed foreknowledge
Students are expected to have completed the bachelor course 'Inleiding in de Filosofie en Ethiek' or similar
Test information
Attendance is mandatory. Grades will be based on group presentation, participation in class discussions and a final written exam.
Specifics
  • Attendance is mandatory! Absence at the first meeting (without prior notice) means that you cannot paricipate to this course
  • Maximum number of applicants: 30
  • (CHECK THE OFFICIAL 'ROOSTER' SITE (https://rooster.ru.nl) FOR THE MOST RECENT TIMES AND PLACES)
  • This course can be substituted by other advanced philosophy courses (see the courses on offer from the philosophy department)
Required materials
Book
this book is available as e-book through the university library: ISBN 9781317972556 (2013) Alternatively, if you want the hard copy of the book, make sure you order this book in time, It is known to be available in only a few online bookstores (e.g. https://www.studystore.nl/p/9780415212366/environmental-ethics-an-introduction-with-readings), and it can take some time to deliver.
ISBN:9780415212366
Title:Environmental Ethics. An Introduction with Readings
Author:John Benson
Publisher:Routledge
Costs:30.00

Instructional modes
Course
Attendance MandatoryYes

Remark
Students are expected to attent and actively participate in all meetings.

Tests
Exam and other
Test weight1
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock KW1, Block KW2