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Course Code: PHIL320 Course ID: 3542 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a study of environmental issues from a moral and philosophical approach. Issues raised in the course 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 conception of the relationship between humanity and nature.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
06/28/2021 - 12/03/2021 12/06/2021 - 01/30/2022 December Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/2021 - 12/31/2021 01/03/2022 - 02/27/2022 January Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/2021 - 02/04/2022 02/07/2022 - 04/03/2022 February Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/2021 - 03/04/2022 03/07/2022 - 05/01/2022 March Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/2021 - 04/01/2022 04/04/2022 - 05/29/2022 April Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session
11/30/2021 - 04/29/2022 05/02/2022 - 06/26/2022 May Spring 2022 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
CO-1 – Identify the various theories and philosophers in the field of environmental ethics.
CO-2 – “Compare and Contrast” traditional and more radical approaches to environmental ethics.
CO-3 – Analyze key issues and areas of disagreement raised in environmental case studies.
CO-4 - Evaluate the claims made by various groups and individuals regarding the ethical status of plants, animals, ecosystems and our relationship and responsibility to them
CO-5 – Assess a particular case study or environmental topic in view of one or more of the ethical theories we have studied in this course.
CO-6 - Critique the current and future status of the global environment.

  1. Proposal: You must first submit a project proposal and have it approved before writing your paper. Topic proposals should be submitted by the end of Week 5, along with a short educational video (most students find something on youtube). The proposal should be 300 – 500 words and be pasted into the submission window in the Assignment section. The proposals are graded and the instructor will work with the students to design the topic for the final paper/project.
  2. Final Paper/Project Papers should be between 1250-1500 words, 12 point font, double-spaced, and formatted in the MLA Style. This is about 6.5 pages. For your paper, you may use your previously written material (from this class) from your Forums A and B. You may use a case study from our textbook Sustainability, or other case studies from our Course Guide or other online resources. If you choose an established case study, you can summarize it with proper reference. You do not have to write your own case study, but you can focus on a particular event or topic or area of research, and write your own case study if you wish. You should apply one of the environmental ethical theories we have studied in this course to the topic. Papers can address either theoretical issues or practical concerns. The paper will be evaluated on form as well as content. It should be clearly written, well organized, and free of spelling and grammatical errors. Sources used in research must be included in the bibliography. References must be supplied for all quotations and also for any idea, insights, or viewpoints you incorporate from reading the work of others. In-text citations require the page number of the text or paragraph number of the website. The reader must be able to look up the exact place in the text or website cited! The paper is due at the end of Week 8.

Most students usually do a traditional paper for their final paper/project, but you can do your final project in a different format if you wish... you could make a video or a PowerPoint presentation, which could include audio narration and/or short video clips.

If you would like to do a PowerPoint presentation, your presentation should be approximately 20 - 30 minutes long (if you were delivering it to a live audience), and it should include at least 12 - 15 slides, and it can be longer. You should incorporate good speaker's notes for each slide. If you are considering doing a PowerPoint presentation, please keep in mind the "best practices" for PowerPoint presentations, and review the 9 minute video below!

https://www.slidegenius.com/blog/top-10-best-powerpoint-design-practices/

Life After Death by Powerpoint 2010 by Don McMillan

http://youtu.be/KbSPPFYxx3o

Please Note: I have added a Power Point presentation called Best Practices to the Supporting Materials of the Assignment instructions so that you can see how to put together a good Power Point presentation! Please check it out if you want to do a presentation!

NameGrade %
Forums 45.00 %
Introduction 5.00 %
Forum 1 5.00 %
Forum 2 5.00 %
Forum 3 5.00 %
Forum 4 5.00 %
Forum 5 5.00 %
Forum 6 5.00 %
Forum 7 5.00 %
Forum 8 5.00 %
Extra Credit 4.00 %
NASA Quiz 1 1.00 %
NASA Quiz 2 1.00 %
NASA Quiz 3 1.00 %
NASA Quiz 4 1.00 %
C-Roads SIM 10.00 %
C-Roads World Climate SIM - Week 4 10.00 %
Paper Proposal 10.00 %
Paper Proposal - Week 5 10.00 %
Sea-Level Map 5.00 %
Interactive Sea-Level Rise Map - Week 6 5.00 %
Final Paper 30.00 %
Final Paper/Project 30.00 %

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
CO-1 – Identify the various theories and philosophers in the field of environmental ethics.
CO-2 – “Compare and Contrast” traditional and more radical approaches to environmental ethics.
CO-3 – Analyze key issues and areas of disagreement raised in environmental case studies.
CO-4 - Evaluate the claims made by various groups and individuals regarding the ethical status of plants, animals, ecosystems and our relationship and responsibility to them
CO-5 – Assess a particular case study or environmental topic in view of one or more of the ethical theories we have studied in this course.
CO-6 - Critique the current and future status of the global environment.

Book Title:This course uses selected readings from writers Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, Arne Naess, Peter Singer and Paul Taylor, as well as Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation. All readings are provided via links in the classroom
ISBN:PHIL320-NTMO
 
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:ERESERVE NOTE
 

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.