Jun 15, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 [Archived Catalog]

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PHIL 3350 - Environmental Ethics


How should we value nature? What is important about it, and why? Is it important to us because caring for nature advances our interests, or because it is valuable in its own right? Do animals have special claims upon us? Should our primary concern be for individual organisms, or for species? Aims at thinking through some of the questions that surround the idea of valuing the environment in which we live, and understanding possible views as to the source and nature of that value.

Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr
Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Bridge: Ethics and Reasoning
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to identify the ethical values and principles that guide their decision-making as it impacts the environment.
  • Students will be able to analyze, refine, and provide a justification for the ethical values that guide their practices on environmental matters.
  • Students will be able to explain alternative moral theories on environmental issues in a manner that displays comprehension of the fundamental principles, values, and concepts essential to each theory.
  • Students will be able to analyze a contemporary ethical issue on the environment by a) identifying the morally salient features of the issue and b) articulating the implications of alternative ethical theories for the issue.
  • Students will be able to make an informed recommendation for an ethically appropriate response to a contemporary environmental issue.



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