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ATS2871

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitPhilosophy
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Andy Lamey (Clayton)

Notes

Previously coded PHL2810

Synopsis

Ethical issues which are raised by the environmental crisis stretch the traditional philosophical concepts, to breaking point. This has led to calls for a completely new ethic based on environmental values and a non-anthropocentric world view. The subject examines a number of such proposals and the moral concepts they introduce: in particular, animal rights, the intrinsic value of nature and eco-centric notions of value. Various ethical dilemmas which arise in relation to our treatment of animals and the environment, the value of wilderness, population growth and the ethical responsibilities that come with globalization will be discussed.

Outcomes

Students successfully completing this subject should have a good understanding of the ethical issues raised by environmentalism and by the ethical limits placed on human behaviour by our environment.

Assessment

Written work: 100% (4500 words) - One written piece may be replaced by a 2 hour Exam (50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hours (1x 1 hour lecture and 1x1 hour tutorial per week)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prerequisites

One of the following units: ATS1263 or ATS1264 or ATS1309 or ATS1310 or ATS1834 or ATS1839 or ENE1621 or ENV1011 or ENV1022

Prohibitions

ATS3871, AZA2871, AZA3871