ATS2871 - Environmental ethics - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit


Chief examiner(s)

Professor Robert Sparrow


Professor Robert Sparrow

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.


ATS3871, AZA2871, AZA3871


The current global environmental crisis poses both philosophical and urgent political challenges. This unit examines the implications of environmental concerns for our moral concepts and our current way of life. Should non-human animals have rights? What about species or ecosystems? What is the value of wilderness? How might our values, institutions, and way of life have to change in order for humanity and other species to have a future?


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.


Within semester assessment: 70% + Exam: 30%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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