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TERM:2020-21 Fall
COURSE NUMBER: PHIL 320
COURSE TITLE: Philosophy of the Enviroment
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Joshua Harris
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A historical and systematic study of the structure and normed character of the various relationships between human beings and their environment. The ethical, aesthetic, or metaphysical ramifications of certain major environmental problems such as pollution, overpopulation, or resource exhaustion will be considered.

Prerequisites: PHIL 230
REQUIRED TEXTS: All readings will be made available on Moodle as PDFs
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Participation15%
Weekly Responses20%
Response Paper15%
Debate Assignment20%
Final Paper30%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES:
  • To develop an aptitude for connecting theoretical conviction with practical application regarding issues of environmental ethics.
  • To acquire an appreciation and critical capacity for evaluating rival positions on theoretical and applied environmental philosophy.
  • To appreciate and understand the interconnectedness of the many aspects of our environmental crisis (e.g., political, cultural, economic, ethical, technological, spiritual, etc.), and the importance of philosophical reflection in “seeing the whole” beyond particulars.
COURSE OUTLINE: Part I: Diagnosis
1.    Intro (W/F) – What is happening to our common home?
2.    Gospel of creation (M/W)
3.    IS Conference
4.    Gospel of creation (cont.)
Part II: Debates
5.    Resources
6.    Economics
7.    Aesthetics
8.    Workshops for Response Paper (no debates) W/F
9.    Ecofeminism
10.    Indigenous Identity and the Environment
11.    Environmentalism Left and Right (WF Fall Break)
Part III: Looking forward
12.    Laudato Si – Integral Ecology
13.    Ibid – Lines of Approach and Action
14.    Ibid – Ecological Education and Spirituality


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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