Philosophy of Water Management
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-FFIL212
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; Institute for Science, Innovation and Society;
dr. M.A.M. Drenthen
Other course modules lecturer
dr. M.A.M. Drenthen
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
dr. M.A.M. Drenthen
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2017
KW2  (13/11/2017 to 04/02/2018)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listYes
Placement procedureIn order of application
ExplanationIn order of application
  • 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 philosophical texts
In this course, we will deal with some philosophical aspects regarding water management. There will also be a day-long excursion to a ‘new’ nature reserve.
Texts and assignments will be made available in Blackboard

Teaching formats

• 2 hours guided group project work
• 8 hours excursion
• 36 hours lecture
• 30 hours group project work without guidance
• 8 hours individual study period
Extra information teaching methods: Lectures, presentations, group work, discussions

Additional comments
• This course will be taught in two weeks on a full time basis
• Attendance is mandatory
• (CHECK http://rooster.ru.nl/ for the most recent times and places)
• Students who wish to follow this course have to SIGN UP AT LEAST 4 WEEKS BEFORE THE START OF THE COURSE
• Maximum number of applicants: 20. TWM-students will have prior access

We will discuss the major topics from environmental ethics and landscape philosophy:

• The relation between environmental science and environmental ethics
• Basic attitudes toward and images of nature, anthropocentrism vs. ecocentrism
• Intrinsic value of nature: subjective? objective?
• Ecological restoration or faking nature?
• Conflict between animal ethics and ecological ethics in nature conservation projects

• Aesthetics and environmental protection
• Climate offsetting and social justice

• The value of biodiversity
• Bioregionalism and Ethics of Place

Test information
Grades will be based on written assignments, on oral presentations and on participation in group presentations and class discussions. There will be no final exam.

Students are expected to have completed the Bachelor philosophy course 'Inleiding in de filosofie en ethiek' or a similar introduction in philosophy

Required materials
Texts and assignments will be made available in Blackboard

Instructional modes
Course occurrence

Attendance MandatoryYes


Attendance MandatoryYes


Test weight1
OpportunitiesBlock KW2, Block KW3