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EVSP508 - Environmental Ethics

Course Details

Course Code: EVSP508 Course ID: 2730 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is an advanced study of environmental issues from a moral and philosophical approach. Issues raised in the course and through student research and writing will include: the moral obligation or lack thereof, to preserve and protect the environment; the ethical presumptions that underlie environmental policy; the traditional theories of moral philosophy applicable to contemporary environmental problems; and the potential for a new concept of the relationship between humanity and nature.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • LO-1 Critique the philosophical bases and key arguments for various environmental ethical positions.
  • LO-2 Compare and contrast various philosophical positions for protecting the environment.
  • LO-3 Analyze real-life ecological and social implications of adopting various environmental ethics.
  • LO-4 Evaluate the underlying environmental ethics of the United States government.
NameGrade %
Forum 10.00 %
Forum 1 1.00 %
Forum 2 2.00 %
Forum 3 2.00 %
Forum 4 2.00 %
Forum 5 2.00 %
Forum 6 1.00 %
Comparative Analysis 50.00 %
Annotated Bibliography 10.00 %
Data Gathering 10.00 %
Comparative Paper on Theoretical Worldviews 30.00 %
Applications 40.00 %
Case Study in Environmental Ethics 20.00 %
Presentation 20.00 %

Required Readings

See the Lessons section of the classroom for additional readings and weekly lecture notes

Additional Resources: Please go to the program guides in the APUS Library for additional resources:

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint) - American Public University System provides Microsoft Office 365 to AMU/APU students and faculty at no cost
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author:No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.