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Course Details

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
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 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 - Class Week 1 1.00 %
Forum 2 - Class Week 2 2.00 %
Forum 3 - Class Weeks 3 & 4 2.00 %
Forum 4 - Class Week 5 2.00 %
Forum 5 - Class Weeks 6 & 7 2.00 %
Forum 6 - Class Week 8 1.00 %
Comparative Analysis 50.00 %
APA Style Reference List 5.00 %
Data Gathering 10.00 %
Comparative Paper on Theoretical Worldviews 35.00 %
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.
Author:No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.